Apr
24
2014

TPP TV Blackout

A big controversy that isn't news--but look what is...

The TV networks don't think the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal is newsworthy. But look at what they do think is worth covering....

Apr
15
2014

Can White People Be Terrorists?

How media label Kansas shooting suspect

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The man accused of shooting and killing three people at Jewish community centers in Kansas has a long history as a right-wing terrorist. So why won't media call him a terrorist?

Mar
21
2014

Washington Post Gets Iran Nukes Wrong--Again

Paper claims a 'march towards weapons'

Hillary Clinton (cc photo: Veni Markovski)

In a March 20 article about a Hillary Clinton speech, the Washington Post reported that Iran is marching towards nuclear weapons--repeating an error the Post has had to correct at least two times already.

Mar
14
2014

No More Media Silence on TPP

Networks Skip Controversial Trade Deal

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The proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal has drawn heavy criticism. Over 500 labor, environmental and farm groups oppose granting the White House "fast track" authority to speed the pact through Congress. The deal, still being negotiated in secret, has spawned protests around the world.

But there's one thing that TPP hasn't generated: news. Let's try to change that.

Feb
04
2014

NY Times Covers for Obama's Move to the Right

Paper misrepresents inequality poll

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President Barack Obama has decided to talk less about income inequality and more about "opportunity." This shift to a more conservative framework to discuss economic divisions is, according to the New York Times, what the public wants. But that doesn't appear to be the case. Reporter Jackie Calmes (2/4/14) explained that Republicans think talking about inequality "smacks of class warfare," and suggests that the public at large thinks so too: "On this question, the president and his party have moved in Republicans'--and voters'--direction," she wrote. The Times added that Democrats see that opportunity frame "as more appealing to middle-class voters […]

Dec
27
2013

The 2013 P.U.-Litzers

Media Moments That Didn't Smell Right

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Some of the year's stinkiest moments in corporate media-- it's the 2013 P.U.-Litzers!

Dec
16
2013

60 Minutes Does NSA PR

One-sided report excludes agency critics

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The National Security Agency has been the source of major controversy, thanks to the journalists writing critical stories based on files shared by whistleblower Edward Snowden. But the agency got a very different media reception from CBS correspondent John Miller, whose lengthy December 15 60 Minutes report looked more like PR than journalism. Miller explained at the top of the segment: "Full disclosure, I once worked in the office of the Director of National Intelligence, where I saw firsthand how secretly the NSA operates." (As with most "full disclosures," this is hardly full; Miller has spent much of his career […]

Dec
10
2013

CIA and Mandela: Can the Story Be Told Now?

Agency's role in Mandela capture still mostly not news

Nelson Mandela in prison. He was released in 1990, after being incarcerated for 27 years.  
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With coverage of Nelson Mandela's death dominating the media now, can the story of the CIA's role in Mandela's capture be told? Mostly not.