Oct
17
2013

The Media's 'New American Center' Is Well to the Left of the Media

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Media don't tend to define The Center as "Things Most People Support," because letting people know that most Americans support raising taxes on the wealthy, cutting military spending or providing single-payer healthcare would make the elite political debate seem like it's well to the right of the public.

Sep
18
2013

Should Poor People Eat? Let's Hear From Both Sides!

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OK, so maybe this headline is slightly unfair, but it seemed like a good way to capture the essence of a USA Today story (9/18/13) about the fight over food stamps. As you may already know, House Republicans are looking to cut some $40 billion from the SNAP program, otherwise known as food stamps, over the next 10 years.   It's not unusual for politicians to disagree; one would hope that journalism might intervene on the side of the facts. But here's how USA Today's Paul Singer presented the issue:  The cost of the federal food stamp program has exploded […]

Sep
17
2013

NPR's New Boss: Financial Industry Lobbyist, GOP Donor, Right-Wing Think Tank Booster

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On September 13, NPR named a new acting president and CEO: board member Paul G. Haaga. The NPR press release states that Haaga's "accomplished career" included a stint as "chairman of the Investment Company Institute"–the powerful lobbying group of the mutual fund industry.

Aug
06
2013

Covering Weiner

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"We shouldn't even be wasting our time talking about Anthony Weiner," the pundits say– and then they continue to talk about him anyway.

Jul
29
2013

New York Times: What's in the 'Center'?

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"Some Democrats Look to Push Party Away From Center," read the headline at the New York Times. But the "center" doesn't actually mean what one might think it means–especially in the context of the political views of the American public.

Jul
24
2013

Maddow Tells the Story of ALEC and Gun Laws–But Leaves Out One Character

Rachel Maddow asks why corporations would want to be associated with the promotion of Stand Your Ground gun laws–but fails to mention that her employer is one company that doesn't seem embarrassed by the connection.

Jun
28
2013

FAIR TV: Gregory vs. Greenwald, Snowden Anonymity, Time's Bush Nostalgia

What are David Gregory and Andrew Ross Sorkin really trying to say about Glenn Greenwald? Unnamed government officials are telling media outlets that Edward Snowden's NSA whistleblowing is helping terrorists. Plus, Time's Jon Meacham has some odd nostalgia for the Bush years.

Jun
10
2013

On Sunday Shows, NYT Mostly Misses the Point

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The remarkable thing about the Sunday shows is not that they have the same guests over and over–it's that they have the same Republican and conservative guests over and over.

Mar
27
2013

How 'Unlikely' Is Mark Sanford's Comeback Really?

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The journalists amazed by Mark Sanford's comeback make the mistake of assuming that since the GOP spends so much time preaching "family values" and "social conservatism," Republican pols who violate these preachments must pay a greater price than less moralistic Democrats.

Mar
18
2013

George Will & Theoretical Liberal Media Bias

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George Will offers imaginary headline to prove his point about liberal media bias. Real headlines, unfortunately, don't back up his case.

Jan
22
2013

Journalists Say Obama Still Too Mean to Republicans

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Since the consensus seems to be that Obama's inaugural address was actually a statement of a bold, progressive vision for his second term, it's not a surprise that some in the corporate media are upset. Obama's words were seen as particularly injurious to Republicans, who presumably already feel bad enough as it is.

Nov
27
2012

NYT Waves Goodbye to Three Amigos of Militarism

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Not every politician gets a warm and fuzzy retirement profile in the New York Times. But not every politician is Joe Lieberman.  Jennifer Steinhauer's piece (11/27/12) is a tribute mostly to Lieberman's close bond with Republicans John McCain and Lindsey Graham. The "Three Amigos" traveled the world together, advocating for one hawkish foreign policy idea after another: Their hawkish world views often placed them at odds with their respective parties, but together they secured a place at the center of every major foreign policy debate. That's mostly true of Lieberman, but it's hard to figure how McCain and Graham much […]

Sep
06
2012

AP's Mostly Factless Factcheck

One of the problems with media "factchecking" is the notion that all things must be "checked" equally. If you factcheck a Republican and find three whoppers, your fact check of a Democrat better work real hard to find a comparable level of spin or dishonesty. Which is exactly how Associated Press reporters Matt Apuzzo and Tom Raum approached Bill Clinton's speech at the Democratic convention last night. Clinton's speech–along with others–"either cherry-picked facts or mischaracterized the opposition." But their first example is extraordinarily weak. They quote Clinton talking about the difference between Obama and Republican leadership when it comes to […]