Nov
18
2014

No, Tar Sands Oil Isn't Inevitable

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Pundits say opposing Keystone is foolish because they're going to get that oil out of the ground no matter what. But is that true?

Oct
31
2014

USA Today: Still Not Too Late to Attack Gary Webb

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The chatter around Kill the Messenger, the film based on the life of investigative reporter Gary Webb, has mostly faded. But this week USA Today ran a column that mangled the basic facts of Webb's reporting.

Oct
28
2014

Nonvoters Are People Too

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When pundits talk about what 'the public' thinks in an election season, remember that they're not really talking about the whole public.

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
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
08
2014

New NPR Boss: 'We're Going to Be Talking About Brands That Matter a Little Bit More'

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The new boss at NPR says you should expect to hear more corporate advertising– no wait, that's not it. You'll hear more about "brands that matter."

Sep
08
2014

FAIR TV, September 8, 2014: USA Today Poll Distortion, Chris Christie's 'Gaffe'

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Are corporate media banging the war drums in 2014 just like they did in 2003? USA Today promotes a poll that they say shows the public wants a more 'muscular' foreign policy. But is that really the message the public is sending? Plus the New York Times remembers a Chris Christie foreign policy 'gaffe'– saying something accurate about the occupation of the West Bank.

Sep
02
2014

Does the Public Want More War?

USA Today: More Want US to Flex Muscle

USA Today's August 29 edition boasted the front-page headline "More Want US to Flex Muscle." The evidence comes from a new Pew poll, so it's worth noting how that data is transformed into a desire for US "muscle-flexing."

Aug
14
2014

USA Today Changes Its Mind About Ferguson Police

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USA Today's original headline: "Police Seek Order as Ferguson Furor Builds."

Aug
14
2014

Ferguson Case Poses Test for Corporate Media

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The surprise has been the extent to which some media seem to be taking the outcry seriously, talking about the militarization of police–brought home by the rough treatment given to reporters–and the criminalization of black people.

Jul
16
2014

Dear USA Today: Civilian Drone Deaths Aren't 'Charges'

Predator drone over Kandahar (photo: Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP)

It is a fact that drone strikes kill civilians– not, as USA Today put it, a "charge."

Jun
13
2014

FAIR TV: Right-Wing Terrorism, CNN on Israeli Occupation, USA Today's Walmart Party

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This week: Media cover right-wing domestic terrorism–without calling it terrorism. Plus CNN's left/right discussion of Israeli occupation left a lot to be desired, and USA Today calls Walmart protesters "party poopers."   Watch:

Jun
06
2014

USA Today and Wal-Mart Poop

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USA Today calls pro-worker activists protesting Wal-Mart "party poopers."