Jan
17
2014

FAIR TV: Christie's Temper, CBS on France, Time's Clinton Cover

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This week on the show: Does Chris Christie have a temper problem? Fox's Brit Hume has some thoughts. CBS covers French politics–well, mostly a French politician's sex life. And Time puts Hillary Clinton's nonexistent presidential campaign on its latest cover.  Watch: 

Dec
13
2013

FAIR TV: Misremembering Mandela, Dubious Iran Poll

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This week on FAIR TV: What are media missing in their tributes to Nelson Mandela? We share a few thoughts. Also: USA Today's front page told readers that the US public is mostly opposed to the tentative deal on Iran's nuclear program. That's not what most other polls are saying. We'll explain why.

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."

Nov
22
2013

FAIR TV: Obamacare: Katrina or Iraq War?, Paul Ryan PR, CNN's Pandora Response

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This week on FAIR TV: Obamacare is like Hurricane Katrina? No, says one pundit: It's like Obama's Iraq War. Also this week: The Washington Post does PR for Paul Ryan as a poverty fighter, and CNN responds to its unbalanced pro-nuclear documentary with…a pro-nuke panel discussion.

Nov
15
2013

FAIR TV: Typhoons and Climate Change, Chris Christie's Media Magic, More Iran Nonsense

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This week on FAIR TV: Media still hesitate to talk about climate change when covering extreme weather like the typhoon that just ravaged the Philippines. Chris Christie is "magical," says one pundit–we'll tell you what his trick is. And nuclear negotiations don't make media coverage of Iran any better.    

Nov
01
2013

FAIR TV: Obamacare Context, CBS's CIA PR, TV Networks Shilling

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Media are showing keen interest in stories about problems with individual insurance policies. But are they getting the story right? And did CBS ask tough questions of the former deputy director of the CIA–or did they throw softballs? Plus NBC and ABC offer examples of corporate synergy at work, using their news divisions to promote the corporate parent.   Watch:

Oct
11
2013

FAIR TV: Attacking Disability, 'Good' Government Leaks and Time's Funny Iran History

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60 Minutes goes after disability benefits, government leaks on that Somalia raid, and Time magazine's Iran timeline is missing some important history.

Sep
20
2013

FAIR TV: Food Stamp 'Balance,' CNN's Conflicted Leftist and Chuck Todd vs. Chuck Todd

USA Today shows readers how balance can mislead. CNN has a host "from the left"– but is she really "from the White House"? And Chuck Todd gives viewers some sense of how he defines his job. We'll compare that with an MSNBC commercial where Todd sounds pretty high-minded about what his journalism is supposed to do.     

Sep
13
2013

FAIR TV: Striking Syria, War on Your 401K, 'Redskins' on the Radio

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This week: War on Syria has been called off, at least for now, and that seemed to bother a lot of pundits. ABC looked at how the war would have affected your 401(k), assuming you have one. And a radio station rejects an ad criticizing the "Washington Redskins" for using an ethnic slur as a team name–maybe because the station is owned by the same guy who owns the team. Watch:

Aug
23
2013

FAIR TV: Snowden the 'Spy,' Stop-and-Frisk Factcheck, Student Loan Rates

On FAIR TV this week: CBS tries to call Edward Snowden a "spy," and Bill Kristol makes his ABC comeback with a bogus defense of New York's stop-and-frisk police searches. Plus: Student loan rates are slashed, say the TV reports. But are they actually…going up? Watch it all this on this week's episode:

Aug
09
2013

FAIR TV: Terror Alerts and the NSA, Snowden's Asylum, Covering Weiner

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The media are using the government's warnings about a terror attack to boost NSA surveillance. Plus media get mad about Russia's decision to grant whistleblower Edward Snowden temporary asylum. But what's the U.S. record on extradition? Plus ABC covers the Anthony Weiner campaign–and can't much figure out why it's doing so.   Watch it all on this week's FAIR TV:  

Jul
12
2013

FAIR TV: What David Gregory Doesn't Know, NBC's News-Ads, Karl Plays Bush Softball

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This week on FAIR TV: David Gregory knows one thing about Obamacare–and it's not true. We take a look at some NBC "reporting" that looks a lot like advertising. Plus ABC's Jonathan Karl gets an interview with George W. Bush, and pitches all softballs.

Jul
05
2013

FAIR TV: Snowden & Hayden, Pro-Equality 'Bias,' Climate Coverage

CBS covers the Edward Snowden and the NSA scandal by asking Bush-era NSA chief Michael Hayden for help. And NPR wonders if media coverage of marriage equality is too tilted in favor of… equality? Plus network TV doesn't cover Obama's climate speech–but the fake newscast at Comedy Central does.