Aug
13
2013

Defining Drone Deaths in Yemen

Media present dubious official claims as fact

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The United States has reportedly carried out nine drone attacks in the last few weeks in Yemen, generating headlines about the targeting and killing of suspected Al-Qaeda militants in the impoverished country. But how can media know for sure who is being killed? The uptick in attacks is apparently related to the alleged terrorist chatter that prompted the U.S. government to close down embassies and diplomatic offices. To hear the media tell it, the U.S. is striking at terrorist fighters. "An American drone delivers a deadly message to Al-Qaeda," announced the CBS Evening News (8/7/13). Correspondent Bob Orr reported, "For […]

Jun
11
2013

Pundits vs. Edward Snowden

Informing public of government spying 'self-indulgent' and 'grandiose'

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There are plenty of people working in the media who don't have much use for whistleblowers--and they've been having a field day going after NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

May
15
2013

Justice Department Attacks the Press

AP records seizure a troubling fishing expedition

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The Justice Department's seizure of AP phone records constitutes a troubling encroachment on the freedom of the press and underscores longstanding concerns about the Obama administration's willingness to trample the First Amendment.

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.