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

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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.

Nov
21
2013

CNN Doubles Down on Pro-Nuclear Bias

Answers petitions, critics, with more slanted commentary

NRDC's Dale Bryk provides the only voice of skepticism on CNN's nuclear roundtable following the network's airing of pro-nuke documentary Pandora's Promise.

FAIR and RootsAction presented CNN with a petition signed by over 27,000 activists, demanding the news network present a more balanced discussion of the nuclear power issue. CNN responded by compounding the bias with a post-show roundtable, Nuclear Power: The Fallout From Fear, that featured a panel just as slanted as its title.

Nov
13
2013

Covering Christie

Reporters focus on personality instead of policy

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The real elephant in the room is that Chris Christie has an actual record of governing a state, and journalists seem almost totally uninterested in discussing it.

Oct
25
2013

Fight CNN's Pro-Nuke Propaganda

Network to air one-sided advocacy for nuclear power

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Why is CNN airing a one-sided documentary praising nuclear power? Join FAIR in asking the news channel to offer viewers a real debate.

Oct
15
2013

Washington Post OKs Covering Your Spouse's PR Client

No conflict seen in Jerusalem reporter's husband representing Israel

The Washington Post responded to FAIR's Action Alert about the Post's Jerusalem bureau reporter, Ruth Eglash, whose husband's links to the Israeli government pose a major conflict of interest. But the paper's response--to the extent that it has any substance at all--seems to misconstrue what a conflict of interest is.

Sep
30
2013

NBC's Iran Bomb

Shocking nuclear news wasn't news at all

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NBC Nighly News reports that Iran is "suddenly" claiming it doesn't want nuclear weapons. But that's what they have been claiming--and NBC has been reporting-- for years.

Sep
26
2013

Washington Post's New Jerusalem Hire Too Close to Story

Family tie to Israeli PR poses major conflict of interest

Washington Post Jerusalem correspondent Ruth Eglash

The Washington Post may be violating its own conflict of interest rules by hiring a Jerusalem correspondent whose spouse works for an Israeli government-linked public relations firm. As the website Electronic Intifada (9/18/13) pointed out, correspondent Ruth Eglash's husband, Michael Eglash, is a founding partner of the pro-Israel advocacy group Upstart Activist and is the president of its affiliated PR consulting firm, Upstart Ideas. EI reports that Upstart Ideas has been "deeply involved in efforts to promote Israel and Israeli government policy for years," adding that pro-Israeli propaganda is now Upstart's "main business." A 2010 Jerusalem Post profile ("Zionist Start […]