Mar
20
2015

Danny Schechter, ‘News Dissector’ and Creator, Dies at 72

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Danny Schechter, groundbreaking media critic and legendary producer for both corporate and alternative media, died on March 19 at the age of 72.

Nov
11
2014

CBS Covers Liberia’s Ebola Crisis–Without Liberian Voices

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CBS presented a very moving and dramatic account of the fight against ebola in Liberia. But no Liberians spoke in the piece.

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.)

Aug
28
2014

Newsweek’s Monkey Meat Ebola Fearmongering

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Newsweek’s cover story is built around the idea that illegally imported “bushmeat”–what we would call “wild game” if it were being eaten in the United States–could carry the deadly Ebola virus.
But is there any evidence that imported meat could actually carry Ebola? On that score, Newsweek comes up empty.

Aug
07
2014

And Now, Our Expert on Africa… US Billionaire Michael Bloomberg

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African leaders are in DC for a big summit, so CBS Face the Nation turns to noted Africa expert…Michael Bloomberg?

Apr
09
2014

No, Putin Isn’t Following ‘Reagan Playbook’ in Ukraine–Thank God

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When the Washington Post’s David Ignatius writes a column headlined “Putin Steals the CIA’s Playbook on Anti-Soviet Covert Operations,” is that supposed to be a criticism or a compliment?

Dec
13
2013

Mandela and Misremembering US History

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U.S. media coverage of Nelson Mandela’s legacy celebrates the late icon’s forgiveness. But one area that gets relatively little attention is US support for the racist government Mandela fought against.

Dec
06
2013

NYT Takes Mandela’s Death as a Chance to Mock His Fight to Free His Country

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In his obituary for Nelson Mandela, the Times’ Bill Keller went into detail about Mandela’s armed efforts to overthrow the apartheid state–seemingly in an effort to belittle them.

Dec
06
2013

Nelson Mandela and Nonviolent Resistance

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Fareed Zakaria said of Nelson Mandela, “He was greatly inspired by Gandhi, by the nonviolent struggle.” If you’re familiar with Mandela’s life story, you know this is misleading.

Jul
09
2013

Rehabilitating Bush at ABC News

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George W. Bush doesn’t speak to the press much, but based on the fawning treatment he got from ABC News’ Jonathan Karl, he might want to re-consider.

Apr
15
2013

Authoritarian Allies & the Myth of U.S. ‘Leverage’

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The record of the U.S. government’s support for authoritarian, corrupt and/or murderous regimes is not really up for debate. The only question is whether one believes that the U.S. extends such support despite a deep-seated preference for democratic rule and human rights.

Mar
12
2013

What U.S. Commitment to African Justice and Human Rights?

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It was not altogether surprising to see a headline in the New York Times, “Leader of Vote Count in Kenya Faces U.S. With Tough Choices.” The “tough choice” is apparently that the candidate in the lead, Uhuru Kenyatta, has a terrible human rights record.

Aug
22
2012

NY Times and the Myth of ‘U.S. Ideals’

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There’s nothing quite like the demise of a U.S-allied dictator to get the Paper of Record talking about the “clash” between U.S. “ideals” and the actual policies the country carries out. Today’s New York Times (8/22/12) carries the headline “Ethiopian Leader’s Death Highlights Gap Between U.S. Interests and Ideals,” under which Jeffrey Gettleman lays out the case that the United States kept Ethiopian leader Meles Zenawi, who died early this week, in the “good guy” column despite our normally idealistic approach to world affairs. Gettleman writes that Zenawi extracted prized intelligence, serious diplomatic support and millions of dollars in aid […]