Oct
20
2014

Pointless 2016 Election Journalism, 2014 Edition

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Trying to cover the 2016 presidential election based on a poll in 2014 is a waste of time.

Oct
17
2014

A Most Interesting Man: Did Maddow Really 'Tar' Rand Paul on Civil Rights?

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The new issue of Time magazine declares Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul the most interesting man in politics. Maybe that says something about Time, or about the state of American politics.

Oct
16
2014

And by 'Traditional Voters,' the New York Times Means White People

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For a piece that is crafted around the idea that white Democratic votes are really in play, it would have been helpful to point to some numbers–though it wouldn't have much helped the piece. I

Oct
10
2014

FAIR TV: Perception vs. Reality, 60 Minutes & the FBI, NPR Takes Netanyahu's Side

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60 Minutes cheers on the FBI, NPR takes Netanyahu's side on settlements, and media blur the difference between perception and reality.

Oct
10
2014

Why 'The Economy' Isn't Good News for Democrats

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Trying to figure out why people who are struggling don't give Obama credit for the economic boom? It doesn't seem so mysterious.

Sep
25
2014

Washington Post Slams Venezuela for Electing 'Former Bus Driver'

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It's no secret that the Washington Post editorial page was quite alarmed by Venezuela's shift to the left under former President Hugo Chavez. The Post–like the rest of elite US media (Extra!, 11/05)–was an unrelenting critic of Chavez's policies. Some things haven't changed. In a scathing editorial (9/20/14), the Post went after Chavez's successor Nicolas Maduro, calling him an "economically illiterate former bus driver" because he "rejected the advice of pragmatists" and will continue to pursue policies that are ruining what was "once Latin America’s richest country." During the Chavez years, the most important economic story was the rapid gains by […]

Sep
25
2014

Jeff Bezos Takes WaPo's Advice, Rips Off WaPo Workers

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Where could Jeff Bezos have gotten the idea that it was OK to take away large sums of money that you promised people for their retirement after years of service? Well, maybe he reads the paper he just bought.

Sep
23
2014

Civilization-Threatening Crises? Nope, Can't Think of Any

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David Brooks thinks you're just dwelling on the negative in the news–and he's written a New York Times column, headlined "Snap Out of It," to set you straight.

Sep
17
2014

Corporate Media: Don't Worry, Be Fracking

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A new study shows that gas leaks from fracking wells are responsible for water contamination. But some media outlets were keen to send the message that fracking isn't causing these problems.

Sep
12
2014

Cutting Pensions and 'Responsible' Politics

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Anything that hurts labor unions, workers and moves Democrats to the right must be something to cheer about.

Sep
10
2014

And Now, a Word From Henry Kissinger…

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Henry Kissinger is making the rounds again–mostly reminding us that elite media love to fawn over Henry Kissinger.

Sep
10
2014

To NYT, 'Full Range of Views' on War Is Pretty Narrow

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What does a "full range of views" look like to the New York Times? Powerful people who worked for Republicans and Democrats.

Sep
09
2014

Fracking Away the Climate Crisis

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The New York Times and PBS NewsHour present very different looks at fracking. What's missing from both? Climate change.