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

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"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

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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.

Nov
24
2014

CBS Finds Ferguson 'Pipe Bombs'

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Sensationalized stories feed the perception that protesters are prone to use violence, and that harsh crackdowns are necessary in order to keep the peace. This is true even when, as is the case in Ferguson, protests are overwhelmingly nonviolent.

Oct
30
2014

Media Cry Foul When Democrats Talk About Race

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The front page of the New York Times dwells on how Democrats are playing on "racial fears" in campaign advertising. But are the ads actually unfair–or do they simply talk about issues the corporate media would rather not discuss?

Oct
17
2014

A Most Interesting Man: Did Maddow Really 'Tar' Rand Paul on Civil Rights?

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The new issue of Time magazine declares Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul the most interesting man in politics. Maybe that says something about Time, or about the state of American politics.

Oct
16
2014

And by 'Traditional Voters,' the New York Times Means White People

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For a piece that is crafted around the idea that white Democratic votes are really in play, it would have been helpful to point to some numbers–though it wouldn't have much helped the piece. I

Oct
14
2014

ISIS in Texas?! ABC Fails an Easy Factcheck

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ABC This Week mangles an easy fact check, after a Republican politician claims that ISIS fighters have been caught at the Texas border.

Aug
29
2014

FAIR TV: August 29, 2014

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On the show this week: On the day of his funeral, the New York Times declared that Michael Brown was "no angel." We look at that and other shoddy reporting from Ferguson. Plus Newsweek spreads farfetched fear about Ebola and African immigrants, and we look at how often union leaders appear on the Sunday chat shows. (Brace yourself.)