Aug 28 2013

Getting Iran Wrong, by Way of Syria

NPR, USA Today misrepresent nuclear story

Mara Liasson (cc photo: Andy Carvin)

While investigators try to establish the facts around what may be a horrific chemical attack in Syria, some media outlets are using the situation as an opportunity to make inaccurate claims about Iran. On NPR‘s All Things Considered (8/27/13), correspondent Mara Liasson claimed that Barack Obama “has done everything he can to avoid another foreign military involvement, but he can’t avoid it after the widespread use of chemical weapons on this scale.” Putting aside Liasson’s declaration that non-military options are impossible, how does she know Syria launched the attack? Liasson explained: We now hear that U.S. intelligence officials are getting […]

Aug 14 2013

Little NSA Debate at CBS

Why can't Face the Nation face dissent on NSA spying?

Bob Schieffer (right) interviews former NSA chief Michael Hayden.

The CBS Sunday morning show Face the Nation featured a discussion of NSA surveillance with the former head of the agency and two politicians who vigorously defend the agency’s mass surveillance programs. The August 11 show featured a softball interview with Michael Hayden, who oversaw some of the most controversial Bush-era tactics at the NSA, including the warrantless wiretapping of American citizens (New York Times, 12/16/05). As Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald (8/12/13) observed, that eavesdropping was repeatedly found by federal judges to be unconstitutional and a felony. But the person in charge of overseeing that program was not brought on […]

Jun 21 2013

USA Today, Maddow and Iran Misinformation

Treating nuclear claims as facts

The Rachel Maddow Show

The recent elections in Iran may change some things–but inaccurate media depictions of Iran might not change much at all.

May 31 2013

Pro-Fracking Spin on Public Radio

Brought to you by Qatar

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Public Radio International’s recent energy special had a very positive take on fracking. Which is not surprising when you find out who’s funding the show.

May 15 2013

Iraq Then, Syria Now?

New York Times, sarin and skepticism

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During the run-up to the Iraq War, the New York Times amplified erroneous official claims about weapons of mass destruction (FAIR Action Alert, 9/8/06). Looking at the paper’s coverage of allegations of chemical weapons use by Syria, some of the same patterns are clear: an over-reliance on official sources and the downplaying of critical or skeptical analysis of the available intelligence. In “Syria Faces New Claim on Chemical Arms” (4/19/13), the paper told readers that, according to anonymous diplomats, Britain and France had sent letters to the United Nations about “credible evidence” against Syria regarding chemical weapon use. On April […]

May 08 2013

Don’t Koch the L.A. Times!

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After years of mismanagement, the Tribune Company newspapers–including the Chicago Tribune and L.A. Times–are up for sale. And one of the potential buyers? The Koch brothers.

Yes, those Koch brothers. Let’s send the Tribune Company a message.

Jan 28 2013

PBS Drone Coverage Brought to You by Drone Makers

Lockheed's Nova sponsorship violates underwriting rules

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The PBS Nova broadcast “Rise of the Drones” was sponsored by drone manufacturer Lockheed Martin–a clear violation of PBS’s underwriting guidelines.

Nov 26 2012

CEO Evening News?

CBS turns to benefit-cutting bosses for 'fiscal cliff' commentary

CEO Evening News

CBS Evening News has decided the best experts on the “fiscal cliff” are corporate CEOs who want to cut Social Security and Medicare. Let’s tell them what we think about that.