Apr
22
2013

Don’t Quote Me by Name, But My Friends the Koch Brothers Respect the Hell Out of Press Freedom

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The New York Times finds anonymous sources to assure us that the Koch brothers are not trying to buy the Tribune newspapers in order to “destroy the other side.” But Mother Jones finds an actual person who explains how the Kochs actually treat media outlets whose reporting they don’t like.

Jul
12
2012

The Broken Link Between OWS and a Murder

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“OWS MURDER LINK.” That’s how the New York Post‘s front page (7/11/12)  announced a report that DNA from a 2004 crime scene had supposedly been matched with DNA from a chain used to hold open a subway gate in an Occupy Wall Street protest. Inside, under the headline “OWS Link to ’04 Gal Slay,” the paper had 37 paragraphs on the story, along with three large photographs with a caption asserting that “DNA from a March Occupy protest (above) has been linked to the murder” of Juilliard student Sarah Fox. The New York Daily News, for its part, had “OWS […]

Jan
06
2012

When You Take Murdoch’s Leftovers, You Get Murdoch’s Sleaze

Real estate developer and media mogul Mort Zuckerman has picked Colin Myler to be the new top editor for his New York tabloid, the Daily News. That’s a surprising choice on at least a couple of accounts. One is that Myler’s last job was at Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World, which was shut down while he was boss due to the scandal over News reporters hacking into people’s voicemail for scoops. True, the phone hacking seems to have happened before Myler got there–but he seems to have been brought in by Murdoch not so much to clean up as […]

Dec
09
2011

Freedom of the Press–When You Own One

“Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one.”– A.J. Liebling Rob Davis of VoiceofSanDiego.org reports on the new owner of his local daily: Doug Manchester, the new owner and publisher of the San Diego Union-Tribune, wants his new media outlet to be a booster. The newspaper’s new CEO, John Lynch, made that clear in an interview with me after Manchester bought the paper November 17. Lynch said he wanted the newspaper’s sports page to advocate for a new Chargers stadium and call out opponents as obstructionists. He’s since revisited those remarks, telling a Union-Tribune reporter that […]

Nov
04
2011

NY Post to Mayor: Reclaim New York’s ‘Dignity’

Yesterday the New York Post–Rupert Murdoch’s down-market tabloid, for those who are blessed to live beyond its circulation area–ran this front-page editorial demanding that New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg shut down the Occupy Wall Street encampment to reclaim the city’s “dignity”: Uhh…. that message would be coming from the paper that ran this dignified cover, waaay back in August: And don’t forget the Post‘s Iraq War weasels covers: And why not this, while we’re at it? And let’s not forget the paper’s stellar work during the Anthony Weiner scandal: “Weiner Exposed,” ” Hide the Weiner,” “Weiner: I’ll Stick It Out” […]

Apr
29
2011

White House Threatens to Blacklist Paper for Covering Protest

The San Francisco Chronicle is apparently in trouble with the White House for posting video of a protest against the White House’s treatment of suspected WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning. The Chronicle‘s Carolyn Lochhead reports: The White House threatened Thursday to exclude the San Francisco Chronicle from pooled coverage of its events in the Bay Area after the paper posted a video of a protest at a San Francisco fundraiser for President Obama last week, Chronicle editor Ward Bushee said. White House guidelines governing press coverage of such events are too restrictive, Bushee said, and the newspaper was within its rights […]

Feb
04
2011

A Tough Call: Daily News Media Bias Poll

Hmmm… can I get two votes? For the record, the results are currently 94 percent for liberal control, 1 percent for conservative-pandering and 5 percent for control by the rich.

Sep
15
2010

The Politics of News Media Audiences

A recent report by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press (9/12/10) deals in part with the news outlets sought out by different partisan and ideological groups–Democrats and Republicans; conservatives, moderates and liberals. Which outlets are attractive to which groups–particularly the most polarized groups in the survey, conservative Republicans and liberal Democrats–sheds an interesting light on the question of press bias. First, when looking at generic media categories, you see that many of them are more attractive to the right than to the left: When asked which outlets they used regularly, conservative Republicans were more likely than […]

Sep
09
2010

The Quran-Burning PR Pastor: Blame the Media

If you own a television or read a newspaper,you may have heard by now that a pastor in Florida plans to burn copies of the Quran on Saturday. The only reason you know anything about this is because the national media have decided, for reasons that are entirely unclear, to give this guy a platform. As Michael Calderone noted at Yahoo!, this pastor appeared on the front page ofover 50 different newspapers…on Wednesday.As Calderone pointed out, he doesn’t even have that many members of his church. Orlando Sentinel columnist Mike Thomas put the blame where it mostly belongs–on the media: […]

Jul
16
2010

NYT Ties Turkish Group to ‘Terrorism’–by Mixing It Up With a Different Group

Ever since the Israeli raid on a Turkish group’s boat filled with aid for the Gaza Strip, there has been a lot of attempts in the press (FAIR Blog, 6/10/10), following Israel’s lead, to label the Turkish humanitarian group IHH a supporter of “terrorism.” The latest salvo comes from a New York Times article (7/15/10) about the Turkish group having “extensive connections with Turkey’s political elite.” The Times reports: On Monday, Germany banned the charity’s offices, citing its support for Hamas, which Germany considers a terrorist organization. Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said the charity abused donors’ good intentions “to […]

Jul
15
2010

Isabel Kershner Misleads on Israel’s ‘Far-Reaching Proposal’

New York Times reporter Isabel Kershner (7/15/10) writes a news analysis of why “peace talks” between Israel and the Palestinians are at a virtual standstill, despite the “upbeat atmosphere” in Washington following Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Obama’s recent meeting. When she attempts to contextualize the “peace talks,” Kershner throws in this misleading history: Mr. Netanyahu’s predecessor, Ehud Olmert made a far-reaching proposal in late 2008 to the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas. It included an Israeli withdrawal from 93.5 percent of the West Bank, with land swaps and a safe route for Palestinian travel between Gaza and the West […]

Jul
01
2010

Torture Is When Other Countries Do It

A study (4/10) by Harvard students discovered that waterboarding was commonly called torture by major newspapers–right until the United States was found to be practicing it. The study looked at coverage in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal. As Salon‘s Glenn Greenwald put it, “We don’t need a state-run media because our media outlets volunteer for the task:Once theU.S. government decrees that a technique is no longer torture, U.S. media outlets dutifully cease using the term.” The Harvard researchhas been widely discussed, which is certainly a good thing. Michael Calderone at Yahoo! has […]

Jun
30
2010

In ‘Ramallah Bubble,’ Gaza and West Bank Poverty Don’t Exist

Writing from the confines of what some Palestinians call the “Ramallah bubble“ (Ha‘aretz, 1/1/09), Thomas Friedman (New York Times, 6/30/10) thinks he knows how to solve the Israeli/Palestinian conflict: “quietly support[ing]“ the Palestinian Authority while it builds a “real economy, a professional security force and an effective, transparent government bureaucracy.“ Friedman has a curious definition of a Palestinian state, which according to Friedman is ‘in the West Bank and Arab neighborhoods of East Jerusalem.â┚¬Ã‚ Gaza is missing from this equation, and probably not by accident, as Friedman has a history of trying to dismiss Hamas-run Gaza as ‘undemocratic,â┚¬Ã‚ and therefore […]