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

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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.

Nov
05
2012

Global Warming Silence on Sunday TV

No talk about climate's contribution to catastrophe

You'd think a massive hurricane that wreaked havoc along the East Coast might force the high-profile Sunday morning TV shows to talk about climate change. You'd be wrong. It's time for us to tell the Sunday talkshows: Talk about climate change. Sign FAIR's petition today. It is difficult for most people to keep ignoring the link between catastrophic climate change and weather catastrophes like "superstorm" Sandy. But with the devastation still being tallied--over 100 dead in the United States, dozens more in the Caribbean, tens of billions of dollars in damage--the Sunday shows on November 4 couldn't be bothered to […]

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.