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    On Israel/Palestine, NYT's Public Editor Seems Reluctant to Heed Own Advice

    Wed, 11/26/2014 - 23:04
    One of New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan's recommendations to her paper for improving its coverage of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict is "Stop straining for symmetry." It's advice she seems reluctant to take herself.

    NYT Columnist's Faulty Attack on Elizabeth Warren's 'Rage'

    Wed, 11/26/2014 - 16:02
    New York Times columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin has earned a reputation over the years for being friendly with the Wall Street giants he covers. If you read his bizarre rant against Senator Elizabeth Warren, it's not hard to see why.

    Two More 'Police Incidents,' Shrouded in Media Euphemism

    Tue, 11/25/2014 - 18:24
    That so many black people are killed by law enforcement is a painful, difficult thing to face. Perhaps that's why media try so hard to look away.

    ABC and Darren Wilson's 'Serious Injury'

    Tue, 11/25/2014 - 14:17
    Back in August ABC reported on Darren Wilson's 'serious facial injury.' What will they say now?

    CBS Finds Ferguson 'Pipe Bombs'

    Mon, 11/24/2014 - 17:39
    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.

    NBC's Energy Debate: Oil Exec Vs. Oil Industry Adviser

    Mon, 11/24/2014 - 17:13
    Meet the Press host Chuck Todd dismisses Keystone pipeline as a symbol, then presents an energy 'debate' between two industry insiders.

    FAIR TV: Keystone Misinformation, War 'Works' and NPR's Cosby Questions

    Fri, 11/21/2014 - 18:07
    The Keystone XL pipeline is back in the news--and so is a lot of the same old misinformation. Plus we'll look at how some TV journalists think about how war "works," and at what exactly NPR's Scott Simon asked comedian Bill Cosby.

    PBS to Treasury Official: 'Why Can't You Just Bomb Them?'

    Wed, 11/19/2014 - 19:20
    It seems it's hard to talk to an elite media host for very long before they start fantasizing about blowing things up.

    No, Tar Sands Oil Isn't Inevitable

    Tue, 11/18/2014 - 19:23
    Pundits say opposing Keystone is foolish because they're going to get that oil out of the ground no matter what. But is that true?

    War Works–So Why Isn't It Working?

    Tue, 11/18/2014 - 18:18
    "About 800 airstrikes so far against ISIS. Why isn't this working?" What makes a seemingly innocuous question like that noteworthy is the assumption that airstrikes are supposed to "work" in the first place.

    A 'Child' Is Missing–From a New York Times Headline

    Tue, 11/18/2014 - 18:00
    Did New York Times editors leave out of a headline the fact that it was a child who had been shot because they didn't want readers to get too upset about Israel doing the shooting?

    Amid Wall Street's 'Dazzling Successes,' Workers Left in 'Dark Corners'

    Tue, 11/18/2014 - 16:57
    Does the fact that "CEOs are feeling pretty good about things" mean that the majority of US households--which rely on paychecks--should feel good too?

    No Debate on War

    Tue, 11/18/2014 - 16:18
    Today I was pleased to visit Democracy Now! to talk about FAIR's new study documenting the lack of debate over the wars in Iraq and Syria. Watch the interview here:

    Will Bob Schieffer Move Toward the Center?

    Mon, 11/17/2014 - 22:08
    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.

    No, NPR Did Not Ask Cosby About Rape Accusations

    Mon, 11/17/2014 - 22:03
    NPR's Scott Simon didn't ask Bill Cosby about the sexual assault allegations made against him by numerous women. There was no "rape question."

    Is Keystone Coverage Getting Worse?

    Mon, 11/17/2014 - 17:29
    The Keystone XL pipeline is back in the news. But some of the coverage is as bad as ever--if not worse.

    FAIR TV: CBS's Ebola Omission, Bush Iraq Lie and Climate Change, Fox-Style

    Fri, 11/14/2014 - 16:19
    60 Minutes went to Liberia to cover the ebola crisis. The segment by correspondent Lara Logan was moving and dramatic; but who was missing? George W. Bush is back in the news and still peddling some tall tales about the Iraq War. Plus the Fox News Channel manages to sneak a little climate change denial into a brief mention of the latest IPCC report. Fair and balanced.

    Obama's 'Hot Anti-Wall Street Rhetoric'?

    Thu, 11/13/2014 - 17:33
    Politico says bankers are fond of Hillary Clinton, in part because of "Obama’s hot, anti-Wall Street rhetoric." What are they talking about?

    Fareed Zakaria Wants a Better Public

    Thu, 11/13/2014 - 14:42
    Zakaria has a different standard for ignorant citizens and ignorant politicians--not to mention ignorant media pundits.

    CBS Covers Liberia's Ebola Crisis–Without Liberian Voices

    Tue, 11/11/2014 - 16:10
    CBS presented a very moving and dramatic account of the fight against ebola in Liberia. But no Liberians spoke in the piece.
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