Mar
24
2015

Rebranding McCain and Romney as Moderates to Facilitate a Sharp Right Turn

Ted Cruz announcing presidential bid

By accepting Ted Cruz’s characterization of McCain and Romney as moderates who lost because of their moderation, media endorse his argument that the Republican Party’s path to success takes a sharp right turn.

Mar
05
2015

What Was Missing From Coverage of Netanyahu’s Speech

WSJ: "The Short Answer" on Netanyahu's Speech

Reading the lead stories on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress about Iran in five prominent US papers, what was most striking what was left out of these articles.

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.

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
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.

Jan
06
2015

USA Today Makes Sure Rich Don’t Get Blamed for Middle-Class Stagnation

CEPR: Top 1 Percent chart

USA Today boasts that most of its “editorials are coupled with an opposing view–a unique USA Today feature.” So you’re getting both sides, is the implication–when in fact what you’re more likely to get is perception management.

Jan
05
2015

White Man Publishes Book! USA Today Mistakes This for News

WhiteMenCrop

Whose story, USA Today’s Michael Wolff wonders, will replace “the dominant culture tale” provided by white men? “The women’s narrative? The anti-one-percent narrative?” As far as I can tell, he’s completely serious.

Dec
22
2014

USA Today Wants You to Think Killings of Police Are on the Rise

Vox Chart on Felonious Police Killings

USA Today could have averaged several recent years to see if there was a meaningful trend. But instead the newspaper decided to feed the narrative that police officers are under attack.

Nov
25
2014

Two More ‘Police Incidents,’ Shrouded in Media Euphemism

Tamir Rice

That so many black people are killed by law enforcement is a painful, difficult thing to face. Perhaps that’s why media try so hard to look away.

Nov
18
2014

No, Tar Sands Oil Isn’t Inevitable

usat-keystone

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

Gary Webb

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

USA Today novoter chart

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