Aug
15
2014

FAIR TV: Ferguson, Back to Iraq and Disputing Gaza Deaths

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Some good–and not so good–media reactions to the police killing of Michael Brown. Plus pundits wonder what took Obama so long to bomb Iraq, and two papers try to raise doubts about the death toll in Gaza.

Aug
15
2014

Has the Right Really Shifted on Police Militarization and Abuse?

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It would be wonderful if more Republicans–and, for that matter, more Democrats–were speaking out about police abuses and related issues. But treating one lawmaker’s op-ed as a sign of a fundamental shift on the right seems a bit of an overreach.

Aug
12
2014

Death in Gaza: Some Counts More Controversial than Others

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When it comes to the death toll in Gaza, the Washington Post and New York Times both work hard to muddy up the picture.

Aug
12
2014

If Only Obama Had Bombed More, and Sooner

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More US bombing is a message corporate media are eager to amplify.

Aug
08
2014

Do Palestinians Living in Israel Count?

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If a poll of a country’s population excludes 20 percent of the people who live there, journalists should make that clear.

Aug
06
2014

Did New Gaza Cease-Fire Start With an Israeli Airstrike?

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The New York Times reported that Israel launched an airstrike moments after it announced a cease-fire. But then the paper changed the story dramatically.

Jul
28
2014

Why Is Israel Attacking Gaza?

Eyal Yifrach, Gil-ad Shaar and Naftali Fraenkel (photo: Times of Israel)

Journalism about the current violence is bound to focus on the death and destruction in Gaza. But there remains ample space to ask whether the war was launched to punish Hamas for something it had nothing to do with.

Jul
09
2014

Obama, Inequality and Wall Street Donors

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Is Obama’s decision to stop talking about inequality really about a debate within the Democratic Party? Or is it about not losing Wall Street donors?

Jun
13
2014

When Is Terrorism Not Terrorism?

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Coverage of Las Vegas murders mostly failed to call the crimes ‘terrorism,’ despite the alleged killers leaving behind a note that said, “The revolution is beginning,” and a Revolutionary-era “Don’t Tread on Me” flag closely associated with both the Patriot and Tea Party movement. The couple, both white, were also associated with far-right causes and had expressed extreme hostility toward authorities.

May
05
2014

Silly Environmentalists, Getting Upset Over a Little Pipeline

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‘Both sides’ are exaggerating the impact of the Keystone XL pipeline, says a Washington Post reporter. He’s half-right.

Apr
23
2014

‘Free Trade’ Doesn’t Need a Debate in the Washington Post

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The Washington Post editorializes in favor of secretive corporate-friendly trade arrangements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). But news coverage can put its thumb on the scales in favor of the pro-TPP side too.

Apr
09
2014

No, Putin Isn’t Following ‘Reagan Playbook’ in Ukraine–Thank God

Death squad victims, El Salvador (cc photo: John Hoagland)

When the Washington Post’s David Ignatius writes a column headlined “Putin Steals the CIA’s Playbook on Anti-Soviet Covert Operations,” is that supposed to be a criticism or a compliment?

Apr
08
2014

Botching the Israel/Palestine Talks Timeline

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Some stories are easy to understand–or would be, if media reported the facts without so much spin. As hard as it might be to believe, the roots of the current Israel/Palestine negotiating impasse is one of those stories.