Mar
16
2015

USA Today Headline Makes a Leap to Pin the Rap on ‘Protester’

St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch (center)

Eight paragraphs into USA Today’s story, we learn that–contrary to the headline, “Ferguson Protester Held in Shooting”–the suspect in an assault on two cops may not have been a protester after all.

Mar
09
2015

Voting Rights Shall Not Overcome NYT Reporting Like This

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If voting rights shall not overcome partisan rancor, it will be because of reporting like this, which duplicates and does not investigate the claims made about voting reform.

Mar
04
2015

LAPD, Media Rush to Judge Skid Row Victim While Insisting Public ‘Not Rush to Judge’

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck with photos of a gun that may or may not have been grabbed.

After a police shooting on LA’s Skid Row, the LAPD and its compliant local media went into damage-control mode. Without irony, the police would insist time and time again the public not pass judgment–while they would do just that.

Jan
23
2015

Muslim-Bashing Not a No-Go Zone for Bobby Jindal

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As Arsalan Iftikhar suggested, Bobby Jindal does devote considerable effort to criticizing minority groups who have done less to fit the the American majority image. This strategy was on full display in Jindal’s softball interview with Fox News host Neil Cavuto.

Jan
05
2015

White Man Publishes Book! USA Today Mistakes This for News

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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.

Jan
05
2015

Summing Up White Supremacist Ties as ‘Saying Nice Things About an Old Man’

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On Meet the Press, host Chuck Todd tried to provide some historical context to the controversy over incoming GOP majority whip Steve Scalise’s speaking before a white supremacist group. He failed.

Dec
08
2014

And Now, to Discuss Police Killings: Rush Limbaugh?

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“Rush Limbaugh talks race relations.” You know, that Rush Limbaugh–the guy who once quipped, “Have you ever noticed how all newspaper composite pictures of wanted criminals resemble Jesse Jackson?”

Dec
07
2014

Reporting the News Like Black Lives Don’t Matter

Protester faces NYPD in Times Square (photo: AP)

“Black lives matter” is the rallying cry of the burgeoning movement against police killings. The Associated Press, covering that movement, has produced a perfect example of what journalism looks like when black lives don’t matter.

Dec
05
2014

FAIR TV: Fox News & Ferguson, Cop Euphemisms and Disney ‘News’

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On Fox News Channel, the real “bad guy” in Ferguson was the victim Michael Brown. The New York Times softens language around police violence. And a commercial for a new movie is “news”–on the movie studio’s TV network.

Dec
04
2014

In NYT’s Retelling of Eric Garner’s Death, the Officer’s Arm Has a Mind of Its Own

Daniel Pantaleo chokes Eric Garner to death.

If only police officer Daniel Pantaleo had been able to somehow control his own arm, Eric Garner would not have died.

Dec
03
2014

Columnist Often Called ‘Racist’ Doesn’t Think Police Activists Should Use That Word

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Perhaps Cohen is sensitive to people being called racist because he’s been called a racist by many observers–and not without good reason.

Dec
02
2014

For Fox News, ‘Bad Guy’ Michael Brown Makes Obama a ‘Three-Time Loser’

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How Fox News covered the Ferguson grand jury announcement.

Nov
25
2014

Two More ‘Police Incidents,’ Shrouded in Media Euphemism

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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.