Jul 23 2015

NPR Ombud Responds on FAIR Commentary Study

'Somewhat arbitrary,' though pretty much 'what NPR already knows'

NPR ombud Elizabeth Jensen (photo: James Wrona/NPR)

National Public Radio ombud Elizabeth Jensen responds to FAIR’s study of NPR commentary, saying, “I find the specific numbers in the study somewhat arbitrary, even though the broad sweep of its conclusions pretty much echo what NPR already knows.”

Jul 22 2015

‘Media Have Been Applying a False Narrative to the Entire Issue’

CounterSpin interview with Gareth Porter on the Iran deal

Gareth Porter

“How did the US come to the point where it was ready to negotiate a deal on the nuclear program with Iran? And the answer to that is certainly not something that you will learn from reading the news media accounts.”

Jul 22 2015

At Wall Street Journal, Government-Enforced Monopolies = ‘Free Market’

Money pills (Getty Images)

It would be great to have an honest debate about the best way to finance drug research. The first step is to stop conflating government-granted patent monopolies with the free market.

Jul 22 2015

1. Whisper to NYT 2. Demand Anonymity 3. Truth!

Operational Security: Spies vs. Jihadis (Intercept)

Glenn Greenwald traces the transmission of a demonstrably false claim from nameless “intelligence and military officials” to a front-page piece in the New York Times to other journalists gleefully retweeting and reprinting the false claim as fact.

Jul 21 2015

Mental Illness Doesn’t Explain Mass Violence–but Neither Does ‘Islamic Extremism’

Anderson Cooper asks Gary Tuchman about Chattanooga violence

It’s true, as CNN’s Anderson Cooper says, that most depressed people, and people with mental illness in general, will never hurt anyone. But it’s just as true that religious beliefs–“extremist” or otherwise–don’t “lead most people to kill other people.”

Jul 20 2015

It’s Simple, Face the Nation: Iran Doesn’t Trust US Inspectors–and Shouldn’t

John Dickerson interviewing Ernest Moniz and John Kerry on Face the Nation

Face the Nation’s discussion of the Iran deal would have been more satisfying if anyone had acknowledged the reality that it would be foolish for Iran to accept unlimited inspections anywhere on its territory.

Jul 19 2015

PETITION: NYT, Washington Post: Provide Sustained Coverage of US-Backed Civilian Deaths in Yemen

Face the Nation reports on Yemen airstrike

Coverage of civilian deaths in Yemen by major US media outlets, like the New York Times and the Washington Post, has been cursory and superficial.

Jul 17 2015

Gareth Porter on Iran Deal, Mohamed Shehk on Prison Reform

Iran delegation (photo:

The New York Times tells readers Barack Obama was moved to negotiate a deal with Iran because of his personal “faith in diplomacy.” Our guest has an alternate view.