Oct
24
2012

PBS and Iran's 'Nuclear Weapons'

NewsHour botches basic fact about Iran dispute

In an October 22 discussion of the foreign policy presidential debate, the PBS NewsHour's Jeffrey Brown stated that "Iran's nuclear weapons program has been a particular flash point." A few weeks earlier (10/5/12) on the NewsHour, Ray Suarez said that Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez had continued to thwart American efforts on a range of international issues, such as Washington's attempt to convince Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to halt his country's pursuit of nuclear weapons. As most people following this story should know, there is no intelligence that shows Iran has a nuclear weapons program. The country has long denied the […]

Sep
14
2012

Brought to You by...Big Oil?

Washington Post hides industry sponsorship of energy debate

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The Washington Post had a two-page spread in its September 11 edition devoted to a "debate" on energy policy. But industry critics were missing from the picture. Why? Perhaps because the oil industry, undisclosed to Post readers, was sponsoring the discussion.

Jul
20
2012

CBS's Anti-Science Weather Expert

'Severe weather consultant' David Bernard is climate-change denier

What would you call someone who insists the Earth is not warming, but cooling? Or who recommends that a media outlet "cool the global warming mumbo jumbo"? On CBS Evening News, they call him an expert--the network's "severe weather consultant." Florida TV meteorologist David Bernard makes frequent appearances to talk about weather and climate on CBS Evening News and other CBS News shows. As FAIR and others have noted, recent TV coverage of weather disasters tends to downplay the effects of catastrophic climate change.

May
16
2012

NYT's Jerusalem Bureau Has New Conflict of Interest

Reporter's husband's job is to influence her coverage

The New York Times' Jerusalem bureau was embroiled in controversy two years ago when news broke that bureau chief Ethan Bronner had a son who enlisted in the Israeli army (Extra!, 4/10). As Bronner wraps up his tenure, a new conflict of interest has arisen: Bureau reporter Isabel Kershner's spouse works to promote favorable coverage of Israel at an Israeli government-linked think tank that Kershner frequently quotes. As an article by Alex Kane in the May 2012 issue of Extra! reports, Kershner's husband, Hirsh Goodman, is a senior research fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), an institution […]

Apr
25
2012

Sunday Shows: More than GOP TV?

It's time to tell the TV networks: Sunday morning should be more than GOP TV. Sign FAIR's petition today! A new study from FAIR (Extra!, 4/12) of the Sunday morning network chat shows found a distinct conservative, white and male tilt in the guest lists. In an eight-month study (6/11-2/12) of the four shows--ABC's This Week, NBC's Meet the Press, CBS's Face the Nation and Fox News Sunday--FAIR found: * In one-on-one interviews, 70 percent of partisan-affiliated guests were Republican. Those guests were overwhelmingly white (92 percent) and male (86 percent).* Roundtable debate segments weren't much more diverse: 62 percent […]

Apr
23
2012

Is 'America Revealed'--or PBS?

Dow-sponsored public TV series tracks Dow's product lines

The four-part series America Revealed, airing on PBS stations this month, looks at big-picture economic issues, from agriculture to transportation to manufacturing. The series underwriter? The Dow Chemical Company, whose commercial interests closely track the subjects covered in the PBS series. The first episode (4/11/12) focused on large-scale agriculture, which is one of the industries in which Dow is a major player. The program featured an extended look at the corn industry, including efforts to control pests. As the program explained, the food industry "needed a game changer" in that fight. And it got one: The "genetically modified organism, better […]

Feb
24
2012

NYT Lets Unnamed Officials Smear Critics as 'Terrorists'

Anonymous attacks violate paper's policy

(UPDATE: The Times public editor has notified FAIR about his email response to readers critical of the February 6 story. You can read it at the FAIR Blog). In two stories this month, New York Times journalists allowed anonymous government officials to smear critics as terrorists and terrorist sympathizers--a shocking violation of the paper's explicit rules against allowing anonymity to be a cover for attacks. In a February 22 story about Khader Adnan--the Palestinian hunger striker challenging the Israeli practice of holding prisoners without trial--reporter Isabel Kershner wrote: An Israeli official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, called the deal […]

Feb
02
2012

ABC's Iran Propaganda

Alarmist reporting on 'terrorist' threat