Oct
27
2014

NYT Tried to Sell 'Pro-Growth' Candidate, but Brazilians Weren't Buying

Aecio Neves (photo: Felipe Dana/AP )

The New York Times' James Stewart made clear which side we should be rooting for in the Brazilian presidential elections: the side that lost.

Oct
27
2014

ABC's 'Middle Ground' on Climate Change: Who Knows?

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A more evasive kind of climate change denial isn't really a "middle ground."

Oct
24
2014

FAIR TV: Ebola & Washington 'Dysfunction,' Rand Paul's Record and Silencing Mumia

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On this week's episode: Pundits say now would be a great time to have a surgeon general–but that hasn't happened, thanks to "Washington dysfunction." Is that really what's happening here? Plus Time magazine promotes Rand Paul, and says his critics–like MSNBC's Rachel Maddow–are unfairly tarnishing his record. And we'll take a look at the new law in Pennsylvania that attempts to silence prisoners like Mumia Abu-Jamal. It's a blatant assault on the First Amendment. So where's the press? Watch:

Oct
24
2014

The Big Problem With Time's Teacher-Bashing Cover Story

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Time's teacher-bashing cover story buries the lead–and somehow neglected to talk to any teachers.

Oct
23
2014

Chuck Todd, Militarism and Media Diversity

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Chuck Todd wants to make Meet the Press more diverse–but he doesn't appear willing to try all that hard.

Oct
22
2014

A New Way to Silence Mumia Abu-Jamal

Democracy Now! covers an attack on free speech. Where is the rest of the media?

The state of Pennsylvania wants to silence Mumia Abu-Jamal–and just past a blatantly unconstitutional new law that is an attack on press freedom. Where's the media outrage?

Oct
21
2014

A 'Worthless and Whiny' Attack on a Genuine Journalistic Hero

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The Washington Post was one of the major newspapers to attack Gary Webb for his revelations about the CIA-backed Contras and the crack epidemic. It's 2014, and they're still at it.

Oct
21
2014

How to Drive a Colleague to His Grave and Sleep Easy at Night

Top Contra leader Adolfo Calero (center) meeting with supporters, including Norwin Meneses, known as the "King of Drugs."

Ryan Grim's new book sheds new light on the establishment media's 1996 effort to discredit Gary Webb's Contra crack revelations by talking to some of the key players. They sleep very well, they want you to know.

Oct
20
2014

When 'Washington Is Broken' Isn't the Story

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The United States does not have a surgeon general because Washington works–for the gun lobby.

Oct
20
2014

Pointless 2016 Election Journalism, 2014 Edition

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Trying to cover the 2016 presidential election based on a poll in 2014 is a waste of time.

Oct
17
2014

'Clipboard Man' Shows Media Figures Didn't Get the Memo About Ebola Transmission

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The story of "Clipboard Man" created a panicky sensation on Wednesday, and shined a light on the media's failure to inform us about the danger Ebola actually poses to the average American.

Oct
17
2014

FAIR TV: ABC's Factcheck Fail, Chuck Todd's DQ, and Malala's Message

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ABC botches an easy ISIS factcheck, and NBC's Chuck Todd "disqualifies" a Senate candidate who gave an iffy response to a trivial question. Plus Malala Yousafzai wins the Nobel Peace Prize–but US media doesn't seem interested in her peace message.

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.