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What Got Left Out–and Right-Spun–at VP Debate

The vice presidential debate provided a stark picture of just how distorted corporate media’s priorities are compared to issues of actual consequence in people’s lives. Issues such as abortion, poverty, LGBTQ rights and climate change were never asked about.

Turning Fake ISIS Plots Into Real ISIS Scares

The AP published a thrilling account of how the FBI, in concert with Moldovan authorities, “disrupted” a smuggling ring that was supposedly trying to sell “nuclear material” to ISIS and other terror organizations over a five-year span. The tale made news across the English-speaking world. There was only one problem: At no point did the multiple iterations of the AP’s reporting indicate that anyone belonging to or connected to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (aka ISIL or Daesh) had any contact with the smugglers.

Inspecting Media’s Claim That Iran Should Trust Inspectors

CBS’s discussion would have been more satisfying if someone had acknowledged the reality that it would be foolish for Iran to accept unlimited inspections at any location on its territory, because the United States has in the past used inspections as a cover for espionage that facilitated military attacks.

‘American Life,’ From GOP to CIA Bob Schieffer kicked off his final show as host of CBS’s Face the Nation (5/31/15) with a clip of what he said on his first show 24 years ago: “Our aim is going to be very simple here, to find interesting people from all segments of American life who have something to say and give them a chance to say it.” The Washington Post’s Michelle Ye Hee Lee (5/31/15), reviewing Schieffer’s last broadcast,...
A new FAIR study (Media Advisory, 1/7/15) finds that torture supporters outnumbered critics of torture nearly 2-to-1 in TV news coverage of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on CIA torture. While those who authorized and carried out torture were well-represented, like George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and several CIA officials, victims of torture were entirely missing and their advocates barely heard from. But beyond who got a chance to speak, how were these discussions conducted and what...

Sensationalized stories feed the perception that protesters are prone to use violence, and that harsh crackdowns are necessary in order to keep the peace. This is true even when, as is the case in Ferguson, protests are overwhelmingly nonviolent.

Bob Schieffer is right that “a lot of people” think the Democrats should move to the “center”–especially journalists and pundits, who have been saying this for at least 30 years. There’s no reason to think it’s especially good advice, but that doesn’t seem to matter.

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