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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.

Jan 01 2015

Hillary Clinton and the Feminism of Exclusion

Media don't ask which women she crusades for

Hillary Clinton as secretary of State: Which women did she represent? (Photo: Chad McNeeley/DoD)

Hillary Clinton’s version of feminism is one of exclusion, serving state power and capital under the banner of gender equality.

Jan 01 2015

Mexican Students Didn’t Just ‘Disappear’

Describing them as 'missing' is missing the context

Ayotzinapa, Mexico

The majority of English-language news accounts have failed to provide a deeper context concerning the failed war on drugs and the use of forced disappearances as a repressive state tactic, and employ language that often criminalizes the disappeared students.

Dec 01 2014

Ebola Story Puts Old Fears in New Virus

Behind media obsession, a sad old story of poverty and priorities

Ebola

Ebola is less a story about a bizarre new disease and its unpredictably disastrous capacities, and more a sad old story about poverty and priorities.