Jan
09
2015

How Did TV News Talk About Torture in Coverage of the Torture Report?

CIA's secret prisons

A new FAIR study (Media Advisory, 1/7/15) finds that torture supporters outnumbered critics of torture nearly 2-to-1 in TV news coverage of the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on CIA torture. While those who authorized and carried out torture were well-represented, like George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and several CIA officials, victims of torture were entirely missing and their advocates barely heard from. But beyond who got a chance to speak, how were these discussions conducted and what was said? Human Rights Take a Back Seat to Partisan Bickering In analyzing the transcripts of these shows, the most glaring […]

Jan
08
2015

It's Critics of 'Selma' Who Are Distorting Civil Rights History

Politico: "What 'Selma' Gets Wrong"

Op-eds are supposed to stick to the actual facts. But the ones attacking Selma do far more to distort the reality of Martin Luther King's relationship with Lyndon Johnson than the fictional film does.

Jan
07
2015

Remembering Victims of Terror–and Forgetting Some Others

French newspaper killings is worst terrorist attack in Europe since 2005, CIA insider says

CBS's "senior security consultant" doesn't appear to remember a massacre less than four years ago that killed 77 people, mostly teenagers.

Jan
06
2015

USA Today Makes Sure Rich Don't Get Blamed for Middle-Class Stagnation

CEPR: Top 1 Percent chart

USA Today boasts that most of its "editorials are coupled with an opposing view–a unique USA Today feature." So you're getting both sides, is the implication–when in fact what you're more likely to get is perception management.

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
24
2014

Why Won't Warren Quit Worrying and Learn to Love Wall Street?

New York Stock Exchange (cc photo: Scott Beale)

The Washington Post's David Ignatius is the latest establishment journalist to launch a salvo against Sen. Elizabeth Warren and "her jihad against Wall Street."

Dec
23
2014

The Weird World of the Washington Post, Where Reagan Never Met Gorbachev

Reagan and Gorbachev

Reading the Washington Post opinion pages can be like reading dispatches from a parallel universe. You get that sense of alternative history from Post deputy editorial editor Jackson Diehl's latest.

Dec
22
2014

USA Today Wants You to Think Killings of Police Are on the Rise

Vox Chart on Felonious Police Killings

USA Today could have averaged several recent years to see if there was a meaningful trend. But instead the newspaper decided to feed the narrative that police officers are under attack.

Dec
21
2014

Gift-Giving Advice From the New York Times

Rich person with Faberge egg (photo: Damon Winter/NYT)

Do you have too much money? The New York Times has some shopping tips for you.

Dec
18
2014

People Who Live in 'Flyspecks' Shouldn't Fling Metaphors

Flesh fly (cc photo: JJ Harrison/Wikimedia)

The second paragraph of the Washington Post's news story (12/17/14) on President Obama normalizing relations with Cuba begins, "Cuba is a flyspeck of an island that long ago ceased to be a threat to the United States."

Dec
17
2014

More Pointless Campaign 2016 Journalism

Jeb Bush (cc photo: World Affairs Council of Philadelphia)

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush announced that he sort of could be running for the Republican presidential nomination. Of course, that drew substantial media attention.

Dec
17
2014

WaPo Won't Say 'Torture'–Unless It Makes Torture Sound Better

Jen Sorensen: When Is Torture Torture?

The Washington Post's poll most likely found that a small minority of Americans thought torture was justified after 9/11. In other words, pretty much the opposite of what the Post's headline said.