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Are People Who Shoot Down Passenger Planes 'War Criminals'–or 'Hard to Fault'?

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 16:04
If you're going to shoot down a civilian jetliner--from the New York Times' point of view--it helps to be working for the US Navy when you do it.

Times Are Good–for Investment Bankers, Anyway

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 18:04
If you're part of the majority that's still hurting after six years of "recovery," thinking that the US is on the wrong track isn't pessimism--it's realism.

FAIR TV: Palestinian Lives, Iran Facts, ABC's Walmart Promo

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 17:24
This week on the show: Media figures demonstrate their concern for Israeli lives–and their lack of concern for Palestinians. Plus NBC host David Gregory makes a claim about Iran–and an Iranian official is there to challenge him. And ABC's Walmart report: Is it journalism or  infomercial?   Watch:      

NYT Rewrites Gaza Headline: Was It Too Accurate?

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 11:16
The New York Times rewrote a headline about Palestinian kids being killed on a beach to remove the fact that they were killed.

PBS 'Expert' Speaks for Both Sides, but Advocates 'Excessive Force' Against One Side

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 17:14
The NewsHour invited Anthony Cordesman to consider possible policy options for "both sides" in the Israel/Gaza conflict. The problem is that Cordesman is on the record as advocating the option of brutality against Palestinian civilians.

Dear USA Today: Civilian Drone Deaths Aren't 'Charges'

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 13:44
It is a fact that drone strikes kill civilians-- not, as USA Today put it, a "charge."

Everything You Don't Need to Know About Israel/Gaza

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 17:27
ABC News put a piece on its website headlined "Everything You Need to Know About the Israel/Gaza Conflict." What's interesting about it is all the things they think you don't need to know.

CBS Host Feels for Frightened Israelis–But Not Dead Palestinians

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 15:13
CBS host Bob Schieffer conveyed genuine concern for Israelis threatened by rockets fired from Gaza. But his empathy did not extend to Palestinians killed by Israel.

Note to David Gregory: The US Is Not the World

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 16:34
NBC's Meet the Press host makes some misleading claims about Iran--thankfully an Iranian official is there to challenge him. Unfortunately, the show then tapped Jeffrey Goldberg to offer a 'reality check' on Iran's nuclear program.

Cokie Roberts: More People Should Fear the United States

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 15:38
ABC pundit Cokie Roberts thinks more countries should fear the United States.

All They Will Call You Will Be Detainees

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 11:37
One of corporate journalism's bad habits is framing international stories on the premise that news is what happens to the US. There is no better recent example of this than the story of tens of thousands of children fleeing Central America.

FAIR TV: ABC's Gaza 'Mistake,' Dinesh D'Souza and CBS CEO Boosterism

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 16:40
This week on FAIR TV: ABC's embarrassing mistake in its Gaza coverage, This Week touts a right-wing conspiracy film and CBS presents viewers with the story of the risk-taking billionaire CEO who is cutting thousands of jobs.

ABC: Three Cheers for Walmart!

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 16:20
Is ABC's reporting on Walmart journalism or PR?

NPR and the Eagerness of White Guy Sources

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 15:23
To the extent that Anya Kamenetz's tweet reflected "innocence," it's of a sort people of color and women can ill afford from journalists,

When Does the 'Cycle of Violence' Start?

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 18:53
Coverage of the violence between Israel and Palestine often reduces the conflict to a "cycle of violence" that periodically flares up (FAIR Action Alert, 6/30/06; FAIR Blog, 12/19/08). The same is true now, with corporate media embracing the narrative that Israel’s attacks against Palestine are "retaliations," implying that it is solely the fault of Palestinians for provoking and initiating the deadly attacks on Gaza (FAIR Blog, 7/2/14). But determining when such a "cycle" begins is a political act. The current conflict is usually traced back to the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teenagers on the West Bank (CNN, 7/7/14). […]

Why ABC Thought Suffering Palestinians Were Israelis

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 10:44
ABC misidentified a suffering Palestinian family as being Israeli. It shouldn't be seen as just an honest mistake.

ABC Recommends Dinesh D'Souza

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 14:17
Why did ABC grant airtime to a right-wing crank's latest film?

Obama, Inequality and Wall Street Donors

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 14:03
Is Obama's decision to stop talking about inequality really about a debate within the Democratic Party? Or is it about not losing Wall Street donors?

Bolivian President Isn’t Radical Enough for Corporate Media

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 13:20
Vilifying left-leaning Latin American and Caribbean leaders is nothing new from the US media--from Chile's Salvador Allende to Jean-Bertrand Aristide of Haiti, from Venezuela's Hugo Chavez to Mauricio Funes of El Salvador. Bolivian President Evo Morales is no exception, as he caught the attention of the website Vox, a new outlet that sets out to "explain the news" with an emphasis on data analysis.

Meet the CEO Bold Enough to Kill Thousands of Jobs

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 23:44
CBS--which has a record of doing puff pieces about corporate CEOs--wants viewers to believe that an overpaid CEO who's bold and risky enough to try and fix a company by firing tens of thousands of employees deserves a lot of attention.

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