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.
Media avoid reality behind inaugural rhetoric
Recalling some of the stinkiest media moments of the year
Wall Street Transaction Tax Missing from 'Cliff' Coverage
Whistleblower speaks--but press doesn't listen
CBS turns to benefit-cutting bosses for 'fiscal cliff' commentary
Different standards for different elections--and parties
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.
No talk about climate's contribution to catastrophe
You'd think a massive hurricane that wreaked havoc along the East Coast might force the high-profile Sunday morning TV shows to talk about climate change. You'd be wrong. It's time for us to tell the Sunday talkshows: Talk about climate change. Sign FAIR's petition today. It is difficult for most people to keep ignoring the link between catastrophic climate change and weather catastrophes like "superstorm" Sandy. But with the devastation still being tallied--over 100 dead in the United States, dozens more in the Caribbean, tens of billions of dollars in damage--the Sunday shows on November 4 couldn't be bothered to […]