Feb
06
2015

USA Today Responds: ‘Criticizing Violent Islamists Does Not Tarnish All Muslims’

Brian Gallagher, the editor of USA Today‘s editorial page, writes to those who responded to his paper’s February 2 cartoon (FAIR Blog, 2/3/15): Dear readers, I rarely respond to letter-writing campaigns, but I’ll take a moment to respond to this one because I think that FAIR’s glib analysis of the editorial cartoon published recently in USA Today is so reflexively unthoughtful that it undermines the goal we share: to fight Islamophobia. I imagine many of you are unfamiliar with what we’ve said on the issue, and therefore vulnerable to false suppositions, but our history on the subject is extensive and […]

Feb
03
2015

Muslims Are Nazis, USA Today Jokes

Nazi skeleton says 'Allah Akbar'

The cartoon by Cameron Cardow of the Ottawa Citizen that USA Today selected as its daily editorial cartoon for February 2 is not terribly hard to parse: Islam is the modern equivalent of Nazism, and threatens a new Holocaust.

Feb
02
2015

‘Venezuelan Bomb Plot’ a Figment of FBI’s–and US Media’s–Imagination

NBC: Ex-Los Alamos Scientist Gets 5 Years in Venezuelan Nuclear Bomb Plot

Accurate headlines would not leave casual readers with the impression that Venezuela was interested in getting a nuclear bomb, or in trying to nuke New York.

Feb
02
2015

Centrist Anxiety at the New York Times

NYT Graphic on desirability of out-of-party marriage

The New York Times‘ Thomas Edsall (1/28/15) has some bad news: Republicans and Democrats aren’t getting along. “Political hostility in the United States is more and more becoming personal hostility,” he reports: New findings suggest that the sources of dispute in contemporary life go far beyond ideological differences or mere polarization. They have become elemental, almost tribal, tapping into in-group loyalty and out-group enmity. Back in 1960, about 5 percent of Democrats and Republicans alike would be displeased if their child married a member of the other major party; in 2010, 33 percent of Democrats and 49 percent of Republicans […]

Jan
30
2015

All the NYPD Spin That’s Fit to Print

NYPD paramilitary (WCBS)

One New York City police department announcement–two very different headlines.

Jan
28
2015

Attack on Israeli Soldiers ‘Most Serious Flare-Up in Years’–if Arab Deaths Aren’t Taken Seriously

Israeli vehicles attacked in the Golan Heights

The New York Times describes the death of two Israeli soldiers as “the most serious flare-up in the area in years.” But it’s not even the most serious flare-up in the area this month, as you learn later in the article.

Jan
27
2015

Good News! US Corporations Won’t Have to Pay for Nuclear Disasters in India

Fukushima nuclear disaster

USA Today wants you to know that a nuclear agreement between the United States and India is good news. But what is the news?

Jan
23
2015

‘Poor,’ ‘Middle Class’–What’s the Difference to the 1 Percent?

Paul Ryan with colleagues

A New York Times piece seems to treat the poor and middle class as almost interchangeable. Thus Mitt Romney vowing to “end the scourge of poverty” is equated with Mitch McConnell calling for a focus on “the stagnant middle class.”

Jan
21
2015

Obama’s SOTU: Not Enough Blood, Sweat or Tears

Christopher Lee Cornell

The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank complains that Obama’s State of the Union address didn’t have enough terrorism in it. Why, it only mentioned “terrorism,” “terror” or “terrorists” nine times!

Jan
19
2015

Maureen Dowd Sets Martin Luther King Straight on How Freedom Is Won

Maureen Dowd (cc photo: DoubleSpeak Media); Martin Luther King

“On matters of race,” writes Maureen Dowd, “there is an even higher responsibility to be accurate.” Yes–especially for white columnists lecturing African-American directors about black history.

Jan
16
2015

And Now, a Word From Our Climate Denier…

New York Times 2014 temperature graphic

If the purpose of climate coverage is to convey how open-minded the New York Times is, then this piece is a success, managing to give one-third of its quotes to a proponent of a fringe theory without giving any indication that his eccentric views are virtually absent from peer-reviewed science.

Jan
16
2015

Sad Columnist Forced to Cover Sweaters and Torture

Rick Santorum (cc photo: Gate Skidmore)

Poor Dana Milbank. Here it is just the beginning of 2015, and the Washington Post columnist is already tired of covering the 2016 presidential campaign.

Jan
14
2015

Conservative and ‘Liberal’ Islamophobia Find Common Ground

Bob Beckel on Fox News

There’s not a lot of daylight between USA Today’s conservative and so-called liberal on the issue of a war on Islam.