May 19 2015

A Plot to Level a Village Isn’t News–When Targets Are Muslim and Plotter Is Christian

Robert Doggart mugshot

In a crime story that would be huge news if the perpetrator Muslims–rather than someone who hates Muslims–Robert Rankin Doggart was caught talking about wiping out a Muslim community in upstate New York.

May 18 2015

Establishment Journalists Pride Themselves on Staying on the Official Rails

Rails

Rails are meant to keep a vehicle on a predetermined track. It’s not much of compliment to compare a journalist to a smoothly operating train, always showing up at the official stations.

May 15 2015

Less Crimefighting, Less Crime? WSJ Avoids the Evidence

NYPD officers in Greeley Square (cc photo: Torbakhopper)

A Wall Street Journal article left out arguably the most interesting part of the story: The NYPD’s backing away from stop-and-frisk and reduced interest in small-time busts was accompanied by a 5 percent reduction in major crimes.

May 15 2015

Tiffany Finck-Haynes on Bee Collapse, Michelle Chen on Nail Salon Workers

Honeybees

Are pesticide-makers’ PR efforts affecting government research into massive bee die-offs? And are occasional blockbuster stories like the NYT piece on labor conditions in nail salons the best media can do for workers rights issues?

May 13 2015

‘Wrong as Often as Right’ Is Good Enough When Reporting on an Official Enemy

North Korean general

“The report, if true, would starkly illustrate the brutal extent to which the young North Korean leader is going to consolidate power.” And if it isn’t true, it would starkly illustrate the low standards the Washington Post has for reporting on official enemies.

May 13 2015

Some of David Brooks’ Best Friends Are Progressives–So Long as They Don’t Scare the Wealthy

Bill Clinton and Tony Blair

For political purposes, it is undoubtedly advantageous to imply that the “opportunity” progressives favored the market more than the “redistributionist progressives,” but it is not true.

May 12 2015

Oh THAT Bernie Sanders: Meet the Press Resumes Talking About Clinton’s Chief Challenger

Ruth Marcus and Chuck Todd on Meet the Press

After FAIR pointed out that NBC’s Meet the Press had ignored Sen. Bernie Sanders since the senator’s appearance on the Sunday show last fall, the senator and presidential candidate was talked about on the show’s very next episode

May 11 2015

After Labour Loses With Austerity, US Media Tell Them to Move to the Right

Ed Miliband (photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

When conservatives win elections, the US press invariably reports that the lesson for liberals is to move to the right. That’s true not only in domestic elections but overseas ones as well–as with last week’s balloting for the British Parliament.