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Apr 01 2015

O’Reilly’s Lies: For Self and State

Bill O'Reilly, host of "The O'Reilly Factor" on Fox News

It’s bad when journalists make things up for personal aggrandizement. But there’s a more important level of lying done in the service of power, particularly to justify state violence—and Bill O’Reilly has a history of that, too.

Apr 01 2015

Obsessed With Winter Cold, TV Missed Bigger Picture

Republican Senator from Oklahoma James Inhofe speaking to U.S. Congress

During January, February and March of 2015, major news outlets focused on cold in the Northeast, neglecting droughts and other climate change issues.

Apr 01 2015

Papers’ Netanyahu Coverage Left Out Crucial Facts

Wall Street Journal: Netanyahu's speech to Congress

Entirely absent from these articles was the fact that not only does Iran deny wanting to make a nuclear bomb, the intelligence agencies of the United States and Israel also doubt that Iran has an active nuclear weapons program.

Mar 01 2015

Some Other Tall Tales Brian Williams Should Apologize For

NBC anchor lied about more than being under fire

Brian Williams with a U.S. soldier in Iraq.

NBC’s Brian Williams has exaggerated more than just his experiences in Iraq. He misreported other aspects of the War in Iraq, Hurricane Katrina, Ahmadinejad’s comments about nuclear power and other incidents.

Mar 01 2015

Saudi Dictator’s Death Shows NYT as Pawn of Power

Abdullah, tyrant who beheaded ‘sorcerers,’ was ‘force of moderation’

At top, New York Times writes, "A Polarizing Figure Who Led a Movement," about Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. At bottom, New York Times writes, "King Abdullah, Who Nudged Saudi Arabia Forward, Dies at 90."

The New York Times repeated the White House’s depiction of Saudi Arabian King Abdullah as a peace-loving friend, despite the reality that King Abdullah’s regime flogged dissenters, beheaded perpetrators of “sorcery” and made “frequent exhortations to the US to attack Iran.”

Mar 01 2015

Soundbites March 2015

By FAIR
Russian President Vladimir Putin may be "completely mad," says CNN--by which it means the Pentagon has speculated that he may have Asperger's syndrome.

Headlines include: “For CNN, Asperger’s Equals Madness,” “Chris Matthews Advocates ‘Rambo Stuff,'” “Relating to the Community With Automatic Weapons,” “Facts and Reality Are Two Different Things” on Iran and more!

Mar 01 2015

Torture Defenders Dominated TV Debate

FAIR study: For every critic, 2 sources defended CIA abuse

Former Vice President Dick Cheney talked to Meet the Press on NBC

Only 18 guests (34 percent) articulated clear opposition to the CIA’s torture practices—about half as many as spoke up in defense of torture. Representatives of human rights groups and experts on international law were notable for their absence.

Jan 01 2015

Looking Away From Police Killings

Wrapping 'incidents' in a shroud of euphemism

Akai Gurley, NYPD

That so many black people are killed by law enforcement is a painful, difficult thing to face. That we don’t know how many people is a scandal in itself.