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?

Dec 04 2012

Turning Their Back on Bradley Manning

Whistleblower speaks--but press doesn't listen

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Bradley Manning is accused of leaking incredibly vital information that made headlines around the world. But the developments at his trial last week were evidently not newsworthy.

Nov 09 2012

When Is a Mandate Not a Mandate?

Different standards for different elections--and parties

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When it comes to explaining election results, there’s no precise way to determine whether voters gave the winner a “mandate”–defined by Oxford as “the authority to carry out a policy, regarded as given by the electorate to a party or candidate that wins an election.” That makes it interesting to see how media use the expression–and which presidents they think earned one.