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Jul 1 2015

Soundbites July/August 2015

Ira Glass (Matthew Septimus/NPR)

‘American Life,’ From GOP to CIA   Bob Schieffer kicked off his final show as host of CBS’s Face the Nation (5/31/15) with a clip of what he said on his first show 24 years ago: “Our aim is going to be very simple here, to find interesting people from all segments of American life who have something to say and give them a chance to say it.” The Washington Post’s Michelle Ye Hee Lee (5/31/15), reviewing Schieffer’s last broadcast, wrote 
that “Schieffer remained true to the tradition on his final broadcast,” citing his two final guests: Republican presidential candidate […]

Jul 1 2015

The Mass Surveillance of US Public Continues as USA Today Declares It Ended

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A USA Today headline read “NSA Data Collection Ended.” While the headline says that the phone data collection program has ended, the vote the headline is reporting actually restarted it.

Jul 1 2015

NYT Suggests Sanders Is ‘Unelectable’ for Siding With Majority on Tax Hikes for Rich

The New York Times reports that Bernie Sanders is drawing large crowds in Iowa–but warns that Iowans may find him “unelectable.”

The New York Times reports that Bernie Sanders is drawing large crowds in Iowa–but warns that Iowans may find him “unelectable.”

Jul 1 2015

NPR Uses Deficits to Distract From Serious Economic Issues

NPR warns listeners that “the federal government is still adding to its overall debt”–even though the economy could actually benefit from increased deficit spending.

NPR warns listeners that “the federal government is still adding to its overall debt”–even though the economy could actually benefit from increased deficit spending.

Jun 1 2015

Soundbites June 2015

By FAIR
Ed Rogers, lobbyist with a Washington Post column.

Who Pays the Pundits? “Given the state of the world and the urgent problems facing us that directly affect our prospects for peace and prosperity, global warming shouldn’t even be in the top five on the list of problems our president should be worrying about,” said Republican operative Ed Rogers in his regular Washington Post column (4/20/15). What’s more important than catastrophic climate change? Oh, the Ukraine crisis. The US “retreating from global leadership.” An “anemic” domestic economy. And a couple of other things that weren’t important enough to mention, but are still more important than global warming. The Post‘s […]

Jun 1 2015

To Washington Post, Downsides of TPP Are Someone Else’s Problem

Trans-Pacific Partnership protesters in Miami last month seemed to understand the issues. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images/Washington Post)

A Washington Post piece about the TPP is another round of the Barbie Doll “currency values are hard” story. As with every issue in the trade deal, there can be complications, but the basic story is pretty damn simple.

Jun 1 2015

Meet the Press Breaks Its Silence on Bernie Sanders

Sen. Bernie Sanders announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination last week–but Meet the Press’s Chuck Todd, who’s “obsessed with elections,” didn’t seem to notice. (cc photo: Paul Morigi/Brookings)

Sen. Bernie Sanders announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination last week–but Meet the Press’s Chuck Todd, who’s “obsessed with elections,” didn’t seem to notice.

Jun 1 2015

Why So Much Anger in Baltimore? The Washington Post Won’t Tell You

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“Why is there so much anger?” If you were wondering that before you read the Washington Post’s “primer,” you’re probably still wondering.