CBS News’ 60 Minutes took a deep dive into the humanitarian crisis in Yemen without once mentioning the direct role the United States plays in creating, perpetuating and prolonging a crisis that’s left over 10,000 civilians dead, 2 million displaced and an estimated 1 million with cholera.
60 Minutes did not once mention the direct role the United States played in creating, perpetuating and prolonging a crisis that’s left over 10,000 civilians dead.
October 5, 2016
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.
March 1, 2016
A broadcaster cheers on the electoral “circus” (“bring it on, Donald, go ahead, keep going”) that he acknowledges “may not be good for America, but it’s damn good for CBS,”
January 23, 2016
Reporters can’t ignore public figures, but is there daylight between covering news of a person and providing them a near-constant, legitimizing megaphone?
November 11, 2015
Elite journalists all too often have a tendency to identify not with those who expose official secrets but with those who persecute those who expose them
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.
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.
July 1, 2015
A casual search reveals the FBI and DHS are a pitiful 0 for 40 warning of terror attacks—some of which were specifically about 4th of July threats, none of which materialized in any way.
June 1, 2015
The idea that the establishment’s favorite right-wing presidential candidate and the head of the CIA qualify as “interesting people from all segments of American life” can only make sense in the insular world of Beltway journalism.
By accepting Ted Cruz’s characterization of McCain and Romney as moderates who lost because of their moderation, media endorse his argument that the Republican Party’s path to success takes a sharp right turn.
February 2, 2015
Accurate headlines would not leave casual readers with the impression that Venezuela was interested in getting a nuclear bomb, or in trying to nuke New York.
January 11, 2015
Why is that Islamist violence is drop-everything fascinating to US corporate media, while a massacre by a right-wing anti-Muslim zealot doesn’t seem to be worth talking about?
January 7, 2015
CBS’s “senior security consultant” doesn’t appear to remember a massacre less than four years ago that killed 77 people, mostly teenagers.
December 8, 2014
The Senate’s report on CIA torture will be released in a matter of days, so why the need to give defenders of torture a platform to excuse themselves in advance?
December 8, 2014
There are reporters at outlets like the Washington Post who raised real questions about Rolling Stone’s story about rape at the University of Virginia. And then are also those like National Review editor Rich Lowry,
November 24, 2014
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.
November 17, 2014
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.
November 11, 2014
CBS presented a very moving and dramatic account of the fight against ebola in Liberia. But no Liberians spoke in the piece.
November 11, 2014
Perhaps it is fitting that George W. Bush would say, “When you say something as president, you better mean it”–and then say something so demonstrably false.
October 20, 2014
The United States does not have a surgeon general because Washington works–for the gun lobby.
October 14, 2014
The new Nobel Peace Prize winner had some choice words for another Peace Prize winner’s wars. But most media aren’t telling us about that message of peace.
60 Minutes cheers on the FBI, NPR takes Netanyahu’s side on settlements, and media blur the difference between perception and reality.
October 6, 2014
60 Minutes’ interview with FBI chief James Comey was essentially an ad for the FBI, absent any critical scrutiny or questioning.
September 29, 2014
Generals, former generals and not much more: Corporate media are covering war the only way they know how.
September 15, 2014
CBS host Bob Schieffer believes that ISIS poses a threat to the American “homeland” and tells viewers: “This evil must be eradicated. These forces must be destroyed.”
September 10, 2014
Henry Kissinger is making the rounds again–mostly reminding us that elite media love to fawn over Henry Kissinger.
September 4, 2014
Discussions of what the Obama White House should do in Iraq and Syria are dominated by hawks, military officials and former national security insiders.
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