May 01 2015

Media Now Offering ‘ISIS Plots’ That Are 100% ISIS-Free!

Contrary to Fox News, these suspects were not lured by ISIS, but by the FBI.

Right on cue, the American media published dressed-up FBI press releases about the “disrupted” plot. These outlets, as usual, omitted the rather awkward fact that this “ISIS plot” did not actually involve anyone in ISIS.

May 01 2015

Why Elite Journalists Hate Whistleblowers

David Gregory, host of NBC's "Meet the Press," and journalist Glenn Greenwald

Elite journalists work for corporate news outlets that are designed to bolster power rather than challenge it. Whistleblowers like Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden upset the sources of elite journalists’ power.

May 01 2015

Op-Ed Calls for War Are Incitements to a Terrible Crime

The New York Times' Op-Ed "To Stop Iran's Bomb, Bomb Iran" features an olive branch in the middle of a bear trap with missiles for teeth.

The literature that justifies or encourages war is not divorced from the responsibility for the cause of war itself.

May 01 2015

Soundbites May 2015


Remembering ‘News Dissector’ Danny Schechter When I launched FAIR in 1986, we had virtually no allies in the mainstream media. Except for Danny, then a producer at ABC’s 20/20. He was full of encouragement—telling us how important that we launch this group to monitor corporate media misdeeds. He gave us at FAIR crucial advice in those first years. And we were amazed at the unique segments on economic or racial injustice he was able to get on 20/20—overcoming many obstacles. From inside the belly of the beast in the late 1980s, he told us of his concern that FAIR might […]

Apr 01 2015

Soundbites April 2015


NYT (Mis)Spells Out Debt Problem for SYRIZA A New York Times report (1/29/15) by Liz Alderman suggested that Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, from the anti-austerity SYRIZA party, doesn’t understand his country’s debt problems: When pressed to describe how Greece would pay for bonds falling due in the coming months without taking the €7 billion installment, Mr. Varoufakis replied, “Let’s not talk about details.” To SYRIZA’s detractors, such remarks might signal that the new government does not understand the magnitude of Greece’s financial challenges. Before becoming Finance minister, Varoufakis taught economics at Cambridge, the University of Athens, University of Sydney […]

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.