May
15
2013

Iraq Then, Syria Now?

New York Times, sarin and skepticism

New-York-Times-office

During the run-up to the Iraq War, the New York Times amplified erroneous official claims about weapons of mass destruction (FAIR Action Alert, 9/8/06). Looking at the paper's coverage of allegations of chemical weapons use by Syria, some of the same patterns are clear: an over-reliance on official sources and the downplaying of critical or skeptical analysis of the available intelligence. In "Syria Faces New Claim on Chemical Arms" (4/19/13), the paper told readers that, according to anonymous diplomats, Britain and France had sent letters to the United Nations about "credible evidence" against Syria regarding chemical weapon use. On April […]

May
08
2013

Don't Koch the L.A. Times!

Koch-Tub

After years of mismanagement, the Tribune Company newspapers--including the Chicago Tribune and L.A. Times--are up for sale. And one of the potential buyers? The Koch brothers.

Yes, those Koch brothers. Let's send the Tribune Company a message.

May
06
2013

Syria Skepticism

Chemical claims should be investigated, not used as pretext for war

ABC-Syria-proof

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'

shields-brooks

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

chavez

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

0218.climate.fist.8482873149_cc346db0be_c.568

Tens of thousands of climate activists marched in Washington D.C.on February 17. Did the corporate media notice them?

Feb
04
2013

PBS Ombud, Nova Disagree on Drone Disclosure

Lockheed funding a 'problem for PBS'

lockhed_fury31p1

PBS ombud Michael Getler agrees with FAIR that the recent Nova special on drones that was underwritten by Lockheed Martin--a major military contractor and drone manufacturer--violates PBS funding guidelines.

Jan
28
2013

PBS Drone Coverage Brought to You by Drone Makers

Lockheed's Nova sponsorship violates underwriting rules

pbs-lockheed

The PBS Nova broadcast "Rise of the Drones" was sponsored by drone manufacturer Lockheed Martin--a clear violation of PBS's underwriting guidelines.