May
06
2013

Syria Skepticism

Chemical claims should be investigated, not used as pretext for war

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U.S. suggestions that the Syrian government could have used chemical weapons have been treated as fact by some media outlets, and are helping to fuel the case for greater U.S. military involvement.

Apr
16
2013

Social Security Cuts Are Media's 'Center'

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The White House plan to cut Social Security benefits has been praised by major media as a brave move towards the "middle" by Obama, as well as an effort to use a more "accurate" measure of inflation. Neither claim is credible. Part of the White House plan is to change how inflation is calculated, by switching to the "chained consumer price index." This results in a small reduction in benefits that compounds over time, so the cuts get larger as retirees get older. Many in the media depicted this as a bold centrist move. An Associated Press dispatch (4/5/13) began: […]

Mar
06
2013

In Death as in Life, Chávez Target of Media Scorn

His independence, help for Venezuela's poor will not be forgiven

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Venezuela's left-wing populist president Hugo Chávez died on Tuesday, March 5, after a two-year battle with cancer. If world leaders were judged by the sheer volume of corporate media vitriol and misinformation about their policies, Chávez would be in a class of his own.

Feb
19
2013

Media and the Keystone March

Little coverage of large climate action

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Tens of thousands of climate activists marched in Washington D.C.on February 17. Did the corporate media notice them?

Jan
23
2013

Obama to the Left?

Media avoid reality behind inaugural rhetoric

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The media message about the Obama inauguration ceremony was that he was announcing a clear shift to the left. But coverage failed to provide much background on the president's actual policies, which would have challenged that impression.

Jan
11
2013

Taking Aim at the Elderly

'Fiscal cliff' deal spared the aged, pundits complain

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Wealthy pundits didn't like the outcome of the "fiscal cliff" tax deal-- mostly because it didn't do more to cut Social Security and Medicare benefits.

Dec
28
2012

The P.U.-litzer Prizes for 2012

Recalling some of the stinkiest media moments of the year

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It's that time of year: When FAIR presents the P.U.-litzers, the "awards" for some of the stinkiest media moments of the year. Smearing Occupy Wall Street? Praising Paul Ryan's wonkery? Phony factchecking? It's all here. So, without further ado...

Dec
13
2012

Robin Hood Isn't News

Wall Street Transaction Tax Missing from 'Cliff' Coverage

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We're told that the "fiscal cliff" requires spending cuts and more revenue. But there's a simple way to get more tax dollars-- a small "Robin Hood" tax on financial transactions. So why won't the press talk about it?