Hillary Clinton has stepped up her promotion of the idea that a no-fly zone in Syria could “save lives” and “hasten the end of the conflict” that has devastated that country since 2011. It has now been revealed, of course, that Clinton hasn’t always expressed the same optimism about the no-fly zone in private.
October 26, 2016
“When there’s not enough demand in the economy, the government absolutely has the responsibility to run large deficits, because it has to make up for the shortfall in demand elsewhere.”
October 25, 2016
Robert Samuelson argues you should vote for a GOP Congress to show that Clinton does not have “a compelling agenda,” and vote for Clinton to show that the Republicans’ control of Congress does “not signal the popularity of their political philosophy, whatever it is.”
October 25, 2016
“Conservatives…realized that manipulating the country’s voting laws could give them a partisan advantage, and that talking about voter fraud, whether or not the fraud actually existed, was the way to build support for those restrictions.”
What the New York Times did is called “burying the lead”—hiding the most important aspect of the story—even though, technically, it’s right there at the end of the lead paragraph. In another story, Times readers had to read quite a bit farther down to get to the real point of the story.
October 21, 2016
Factchecking website Snopes cited FAIR’s work, among others, in warning readers not to take at face value videos by James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas alleging Democratic election skullduggery.
Moyers & Co.’s Karin Kamp cited FAIR’s figures on presidential debate topics in a preview of the final Clinton/Trump face-off.
October 21, 2016
Russia, ISIS and taxes overwhelmed all other topics during the four presidential and vice-presidential debates, totaling 429 mentions from both candidates and questioners.
October 21, 2016
Donald Trump is now claiming that if he doesn’t win, the thing must be rigged. It’s concerning that his supporters may believe that, but also concerning that others might imagine that the fact that Trump mentions the idea of voting improprieties must mean there is no such thing.
October 20, 2016
The presidential debates used to be the best opportunity to shed some light on key issues things. But as the debates have gone from substance to show biz, it doesn’t work that way anymore.
October 19, 2016
Despite the fact that the world has endured 16 consecutive months of record-breaking heat, not one of the debate moderators saw fit to ask about climate change in any of 2016’s general election debates.
October 18, 2016
The response to Clinton campaign leaks from some journalists has been to analyse, dissect and find the most newsworthy bits. For others, the reaction has been to dismiss and downplay, turning the often cynical meatgrinder of American politics into a snooze barely worthy of discussion.
October 17, 2016
North Dakota District Judge John Grinsteiner stood up for the First Amendment by dismissing “riot” charges against Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman. That’s more than you can say for most of Goodman’s corporate media colleagues.
October 16, 2016
“It’s inherently hard to get at what income is. And, thus, it can’t be as simple as people want it to be, because the accountants always try to figure out ways to get around them.”
October 16, 2016
Sinclair Broadcast Group’s Stephen Loiaconi quoted FAIR’s Jim Naureckas on the legitimacy of examining Donald Trump’s treatment of women as a campaign issue.
October 14, 2016
Why haven’t questions of discriminatory policing played a bigger role in election coverage? There was an opening recently when Republican candidate Donald Trump stated to CNN that five teenagers exonerated for the 1989 rape and assault of a woman jogging in Central Park were actually guilty.
October 13, 2016
A review of topics mentioned and questions asked in the first three presidential/vice-presidential debates shows a significant emphasis on Russia, terrorism and taxes—pushing aside most other issues, including climate change, abortion, education, campaign finance and LGBTQ rights.
October 10, 2016
There’s an attempt by some pundits to blame Millennials for the rise of Trump, bending logic and basic social science in the process. These attempts come in different forms, but one recent gambit is to point the finger for Trumpism on the falling standards of civic education, a thesis that either implicitly or explicitly indicts younger voters
Compared with registered voters, those who don’t register are more likely to be young, lower-income people of color. Despite this—or perhaps because of this—corporate media have done little to alert the public about voter registration deadlines.
From vanishing ice to animal die-offs to increasing wildfires, scientists use words like “unprecedented” and “staggering” to describe the evident impacts of human-driven climate disruption. Elite media say they take it all very seriously…. How far are they from taking it seriously enough?
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.
Spreading Rumors of Spreading Rumors of Electoral Fraud… ‘What Is Aleppo?’ Turns Out to Be a Tough Question… To NYT, British Public Is Mostly ‘Fringe’… Buying Bylines—by the Thousands Each Year… Now With 50 Percent Less Journalistic Skepticism
September 29, 2016
When the issue is trade deals, like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the Times throws out its usual journalistic standards to push its pro–trade deal agenda. Therefore it is not surprising to see a story in the news section that was essentially a misleading advertisement for these trade deals.
September 28, 2016
If the Times is going to treat Bill Clinton’s record of marital infidelity as relevant to the contest between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, why doesn’t it treat Trump’s record of infidelity as relevant?
September 27, 2016
Presidential debates do as much to showcase corporate media priorities as they do the candidates. They provide a snapshot into what the media, in this case represented by NBC’s Lester Holt, prioritizes as issues worthy of discussion.
Terrorism has become the hot horserace topic of the year in a way that goes beyond the silly to the potentially damaging. Something missing from these reports is any discussion of the relative danger of terrorism.
September 13, 2016
In a piece for CounterPunch, Jill Stein cited FAIR’s correction of a false claim made about her.
September 12, 2016
In a moment of outright self-parody, Applebaum notes that “rumors of election fraud can create the same hysteria as real election fraud” while spending 800 words doing nothing but spreading rumors of election fraud.
September 8, 2016
It’s troubling that a presidential candidate would be unaware of one of the main battlefields in one of the world’s deadliest conflicts. But even more troubling is that the New York Times, the US paper of record, can’t seem to figure out what Aleppo is, either.
September 6, 2016
In pushing trade agreements, it is fair to say anything, even if it has no relationship to the truth. Therefore it is not surprising to see Fareed Zakaria pushing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) by claiming that it will boost growth.
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