Dec
17
2014

Dana Milbank and the Bias of Centrism

Jim DeMint and Elizabeth Warren (cc photos: Gage Skidmore, New America Foundation)

To argue that Elizabeth Warren is the left equivalent of Jim DeMint, one must exhibit no interest in the substance of politics.

Dec
16
2014

Fox's O'Reilly: 'All the Wolves Have Been Muslims'

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Every lone wolf terrorist has been Muslim, says the no spin Fox host.

Dec
15
2014

NBC: Someday We Might Learn That Drones Kill Civilians

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Meet the Press covers US drone attacks. But why do they want viewers to think it's too hard to know how many innocents have died?

Dec
15
2014

'Disruptive, Demanding' Elizabeth Warren vs. 'Can-Do' Pragmatists

Hillary Clinton (cc photo: Brett Weinstein)

Media coverage portrays populist Democrats as presenting a "threat" to pragmatic centrism.

Dec
14
2014

Update: NPR Doesn't Ban 'Torture'–but Offers Euphemisms to Use in Its Place

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This is an update to "Refusing to Take Sides, NPR Takes Sides With Torture Deniers" (FAIR Blog, 12/12/14). As Romenesko (12/12/14) points out, NPR's ethics department has been issuing guidance on the use of the word "torture." The first memo, issued August 8, cites a message from then-NPR vice president for news Ellen Weiss, written in November 2009: Contrary to some commentaries, NPR did not ban the word "torture." Rather, we gave our journalists guidance about how to avoid loaded language about interrogation techniques, realizing that no matter what words are chosen, we risk the appearance of taking one side […]

Dec
12
2014

FAIR TV: US Victimology, Equal Time for Torturers and Hypocritical Factchecking Lectures

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This week: ABC World News prepared viewers for the Senate report on CIA torture…by warning that its publication could harm Americans. Plus TV news covers the torture report by giving a platform to torture advocates. And a pundit who was dead wrong about the Iraq War shares his thoughts about the need for Rolling Stone to do better factchecking. Watch:  

Dec
12
2014

Refusing to Take Sides, NPR Takes Sides With Torture Deniers

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National Public Radio, following the lead of the Washington Post, tries to avoid applying the word "torture" in its own voice when covering US torture.

Dec
11
2014

Investigative Reporting = Working With Ad Partners to Monetize the Audience

Cincinnati Enquirer's Carolyn Washburn

Many would think there was something wrong with an investigative reporter who consults directly with an advertiser to think of ways for them to profit from the news. But, here we are.

Dec
10
2014

ABC Makes US the Victim in CIA Torture Report Story

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The Senate report revealed shocking, even sickening treatment of the CIA's captives. But ABC's focus wasn't on the US government abuses detailed in the report, but "the fear that its release could threaten American lives."

Dec
09
2014

Washington Post Does Not Call It Torture When We Torture

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The Washington Post doesn't call torture by its name because that would be 'contentious.'

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
08
2014

Torture Enablers Spin Unreleased Senate Report

President George W Bush visits CIA Headquarters, March 20, 2001.

The Senate's report on CIA torture will be released in a matter of days, so why the need to give defenders of torture a platform to excuse themselves in advance?

Dec
08
2014

Wrong-on-Iraq Pundit Gives Lessons in Media Accountability

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There are reporters at outlets like the Washington Post who raised real questions about Rolling Stone's story about rape at the University of Virginia. And then are also those like National Review editor Rich Lowry,