Jan
03
2014

How Racist Do You Have to Be Before the New York Times Calls You a Racist?

Ku Klux Klan uniform (Wikimedia)

The New York Times offers readers a lengthy obituary for racist New York talk radio icon Bob Grant. But can they call a racist a racist?

Dec
06
2013

FAIR TV: Problems With Populism, Amazon Drone PR, TV 'Knockout Game' Hype

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The Washington Post warns Democrats not to veer too far to the left, CBS helps Amazon.com with some drone PR, and we take a look at the media hype about the so-called "knockout game."

Dec
03
2013

'Knockout Game' Takes Center Stage

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The ease at which violent criminal tendencies can be attached to youth–particularly black youth–is a dangerous habit of media.

Oct
31
2013

National Review Just Can't Seem to Shake Its Racist Image

National Review editor Rich Lowry (cc photo: Gage Skidmore)

From its 1950s founding, when it campaigned for the racist order in the American South and South Africa, to recent years with "scientific racists" who say black people are less intelligent than other groups, the National Review has always been significantly defined by racism.

Jul
16
2013

Racism and Richard Cohen

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It's not everyday that a syndicated columnist endorses racial profiling. But that's exactly what the Washington Post's Richard Cohen did in the wake of the George Zimmerman verdict.

Jul
02
2013

The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy of a White Male 'Mainstream'

The Nation's Katrina vanden Heuvel

With the tagline "The Magazine for Men," it is almost unsurprising that Port magazine, a British quarterly, celebrated "A New Golden Age: The Increasing Importance of Print Media" by putting six white men on its cover. Not surprising, but also not excusable.

May
14
2013

Heritage Immigration Scandal Proof That…Both Sides Do It?

Bill Keller

The controversy over Heritage's dubious immigration report led Bill Keller of the New York Times to write a column about the big lessons of this scandal. And the first lesson? Think tanks on "both sides" are up to no good.

May
10
2013

FAIR TV: CBS 'Covers' Immigration, Joe Klein's Angry Middle, Dangerously Anti-War Public

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This week on FAIR TV: CBS Evening News looked like it was covering an immigrant rights rally– but it was merely a set up to talk about chaos at the border. Time's Joe Klein goes after the "gun lobby" by saying… both sides are at fault? And Cokie Roberts hears the public doesn't want to start a war with Syria. Why does she think that's "dangerous"?

Apr
04
2013

AP Ditches 'Illegal' Label

"No One Is Illegal" banner (cc photo: Vertigogen)

The Associated Press announced a change in their style guide: The wire service will no longer refer to "illegal immigrants," except in direct quotes. The change is a victory for activists who have called for years for journalists to stop using the term.

Feb
28
2013

Bill O'Reilly, Big Government and Racism

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It's not as if Bill O'Reilly has never uttered things reasonable people might consider racist. But the fact that he seems to believe that the White House is destroying the economy in order to provide free stuff to people of color is taking things to an entirely different level.

Dec
12
2012

Bill O'Reilly Has Had It With the Name-Calling

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Fox host Bill O'Reilly has had with the incivility in public life. He's ready to name names, calling the "haters" on the left and right. Funny, his list doesn't include many on the right. Of course, he could start with himself….

Dec
04
2012

Think We Live in a Colorblind Era? Welcome to Wet Seal

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When pundits wax rhapsodic about the "colorblind" era we live in–or fulminate against affirmative action policies as interfering with that "post-racial" state–some of us think of cases like Wet Seal.

Oct
23
2012

WaPo: Racism in Obama TV Ad?

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The Obama campaign has released a new ad criticizing Mitt Romney for having a Swiss bank account and wanting to keep tax breaks for corporations that offshore jobs.  The commercial's most devastating line: Romney once railed against the deadly pollution from a coal plant. I know what you're thinking: Totally racist, right? That's sort of the point of Karen Tumulty's piece today in the Washington Post (10/23/12). Under the headline "Obama's 'Not One of Us' Attack on Romney Echoes Racial Code," Tumulty uses complaints from right-wing bloggers to lead a discussion about the commercial, which she says "echoes a slogan […]