Feb
06
2015

USA Today Responds: ‘Criticizing Violent Islamists Does Not Tarnish All Muslims’

Brian Gallagher, the editor of USA Today‘s editorial page, writes to those who responded to his paper’s February 2 cartoon (FAIR Blog, 2/3/15): Dear readers, I rarely respond to letter-writing campaigns, but I’ll take a moment to respond to this one because I think that FAIR’s glib analysis of the editorial cartoon published recently in USA Today is so reflexively unthoughtful that it undermines the goal we share: to fight Islamophobia. I imagine many of you are unfamiliar with what we’ve said on the issue, and therefore vulnerable to false suppositions, but our history on the subject is extensive and […]

Jan
21
2015

Obama’s SOTU: Not Enough Blood, Sweat or Tears

Christopher Lee Cornell

The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank complains that Obama’s State of the Union address didn’t have enough terrorism in it. Why, it only mentioned “terrorism,” “terror” or “terrorists” nine times!

Jan
12
2015

For Fox News’ Steve Emerson, Factchecking Seems to Be a No-Go Zone

Centenary Square, Birmingham (cc photo: Pete Ashton)

Fox News “expert” Steve Emerson retracted his claim that non-Muslims can’t enter Britain’s second-largest city. But he has a long history of making equally inaccurate claims.

Jan
11
2015

Some European Bloodbaths Are More Interesting Than Others

Face the Nation: Terror in Paris

Why is that Islamist violence is drop-everything fascinating to US corporate media, while a massacre by a right-wing anti-Muslim zealot doesn’t seem to be worth talking about?

Jan
07
2015

Remembering Victims of Terror–and Forgetting Some Others

French newspaper killings is worst terrorist attack in Europe since 2005, CIA insider says

CBS’s “senior security consultant” doesn’t appear to remember a massacre less than four years ago that killed 77 people, mostly teenagers.

Dec
16
2014

Fox’s O’Reilly: ‘All the Wolves Have Been Muslims’

Mongolian wolves, Zurich Zoo (cc photo: Tambako the Jaguar)

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

Jun
13
2014

FAIR TV: Right-Wing Terrorism, CNN on Israeli Occupation, USA Today’s Walmart Party

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This week: Media cover right-wing domestic terrorism–without calling it terrorism. Plus CNN’s left/right discussion of Israeli occupation left a lot to be desired, and USA Today calls Walmart protesters “party poopers.”   Watch:

Jun
13
2014

When Is Terrorism Not Terrorism?

ABC-VEgas

Coverage of Las Vegas murders mostly failed to call the crimes ‘terrorism,’ despite the alleged killers leaving behind a note that said, “The revolution is beginning,” and a Revolutionary-era “Don’t Tread on Me” flag closely associated with both the Patriot and Tea Party movement. The couple, both white, were also associated with far-right causes and had expressed extreme hostility toward authorities.

Jan
31
2014

FAIR TV: Bipartisan Food Stamp Cuts, the ‘Real’ Romney and the Terror Trial Media Skipped

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Food stamp cuts are an encouraging sign of bipartisanship, according to some media accounts. And journalists are fascinated by the “real” Mitt Romney. Plus a domestic terror trial that’s not getting much press attention–perhaps because the terror suspects aren’t Muslims.

Jan
25
2014

Domestic Terror Story Gets Media Cold Shoulder–Guess Why

Glendon Scott Crawford in the Albany Times-Union

It’s hard not to think back on previous undercovered terrorism stories and conclude that if suspects in this story were Muslims, and their alleged targets Christians or Jews, it would have dominated our media world for the past several months.

Mar
06
2012

ABC and the (Still) Growing Iran Threat

ABC World News was responsible for a flagrantly propagandistic report about Iran on January 31. They’re still at it. At the top of the March 5 report, anchor Diane Sawyer announced that Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were talking about “the growing nuclear threat from Iran.” Sawyer warned that it might be the “last chance” for the two to meet face to face before a possible Israeli attack. The two agreed, as Jake Tapper put it, that Iran “cannot be allowed to develop a nuclear weapon.” And what if they did? Jake Tapper asks, “What might result?” […]

Feb
29
2012

Tom Friedman Is Waiting For Afghans to Shape Up

I think most sensible people understand that the current uproar in Afghanistan over the desecration of the Quran isn’t really just about the defiling of a holy book. But if there’s sense in the world, there’s also nonsense. Enter Tom Friedman’s New York Times column today (2/29/12): U.S. troops accidentally burned some Qurans, and President Obama apologized. Afghans nevertheless went on a weeklong rampage, killing innocent Americans in response–and no Afghan leader, even our allies, dared to stand up and say: “Wait, this is wrong. Every week in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq, Muslim suicide bombers kill other Muslims–holy people created […]

Aug
30
2011

Libya and Terrorist Signatures

Under the headline “Nations Hope Veil Lifts From Libya’s History of Terrorism,” John Burns writes in today’s New York Times (8/30/11): Television footage of the only man convicted in the Lockerbie bombing lying in bed, purportedly comatose with advanced prostate cancer at his Tripoli home, has provided a focal point for a question asked with new urgency in places far from Libya: With Col. Muammar el-Gadhafi’s government in ruins, what reckoning is likely for the terrorist bombings that were once a signature of the former Libyan leader’s war with the Western world? So terrorism was Gadhafi’s “signature,” and many “nations” […]