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CBS Fails to Disclose Energy Guest's Industry Ties

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 12:33
A CBS guest is asked about Ukraine and "the energy equation." But viewers weren't told that he's a lobbyist for the oil/gas industry.

FAIR TV: Ukraine Hysteria, US Hypocrisy, Keystone Protest

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 18:36
This week: US media go into overdrive over Russia/Ukraine, painting the conflict as proof that Barack Obama isn't feared enough. Plus pundits laugh at Putin's delusion–but what about John Kerry's? And a big anti-Keystone XL rally at the White House hardly makes the news.  Watch:

New Keystone Poll Reveals Media Failure

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 18:00
The public strongly supports building the Keystone pipeline--and they wrongly think it will create a lot of jobs. Aren't media to blame for failing to set that straight?

Hey America: We're Rich Again!*

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 15:44
When a USA Today headline declares, "We're $9,800,000,000,000 Richer," who exactly does the "we" in the headline refer to?

Denying the Far-Right Role in the Ukrainian Revolution

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 13:26
To maintain a simple good vs. evil framework, the fact that Ukraine's neo-fascist movement had a significant role in the opposition to Yanukovych--and the government that replaced him--was downplayed or even outright denied.

Jonah Goldberg Swings at Obama on Nukes–and Hits Reagan

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 13:42
Right-wing columnist Jonah Goldberg slams Obama for expressing support for a 'nuclear free world'-- which was what Reagan said too.

Putin's 'Delusions' and Double Standards

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 18:29
Media are suggesting that Russian leader Vladimir Putin's defense of his actions in Ukraine suggests he is delusional. But what do they call it when US leaders appear unable to remember US invasions of other countries?

A Protest in the Capital and a Media Blackout

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 17:39
What happens when hundreds of Keystone activists get arrested in front of the White House? Not much, judging by the lack of media interest.

The Good Kind of Protesters–and the Bad Kind

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 19:52
The complex anti-government protest movements in both Venezuela and Ukraine were boiled down by US corporate media to send a clear message to their domestic audience: These are the good guys.

Leaving Beltway Journalism, Revealing Its Shortcomings

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 18:12
Leaving the Washington Post, Robert Kaiser revealed his frustration that the "rules" of elite journalism do not allow one to call out lying politicians. He also demonstrated another key Beltway tendency: pretending that both sides are equally guilty of similar offenses.

Russia, Ukraine and 'US Prestige'

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 19:22
Pundits worry about US 'prestige' and the weakness of Barack Obama.

WaPo on Paul Ryan's Poverty Plan: News Article or Press Release?

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 18:45
Paul Ryan apparently has some big, bold ideas about how to fight poverty--mostly what the government is doing is all wrong. But why does the Washington Post fail to cite any critics of Ryan, and spend so much time quoting him and other Republicans?

FAIR TV: Pundits Want Social Security Cuts, Troop Cut Panic, Arizona Bill Discriminates–'Some Say'

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 18:47
Pundits were mad about the news that Barack Obama was backing away from "chained CPI" Social Security cuts. An announcement about troop cuts caused some reporters to panic. And Arizona's discriminatory SB 1062 is given the "some say" media treatment.

Time's Minimum Wage Math: Triple = 'Just as Many'

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 16:05
The new issue of Time magazine (3/10/14) takes a look at the debate over raising the minimum wage, in a piece by Eliza Gray. But the very first paragraph just doesn't make much sense:  If you want to make some new friends and just as many enemies, here's a helpful shortcut: take a position on raising the federal minimum wage. The question of how much workers at the bottom should be paid is fast becoming one of the most divisive issues in Washington. Liberals say a wage hike is the most immediate and fair tool we have to address growing […]

NYT Corrects Venezuela TV Falsehood

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:34
Activists call on the New York Times to correct a faulty report on Venezuela-- and they do.

The Question of US 'Democracy Promotion' in the Newspaper of Record

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 19:07
Today's New York Times has a piece about whether the Obama administration is as committed to a policy of "democracy promotion" as the Bush administration had been. To anyone familiar with US history of inhibiting and undermining democracies, the whole concept must seem rather absurd.

'El Chapo' and El Banco

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 15:02
While the only questions regarding Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's prosecution appear to be where and when, things were different when it came to prosecuting the institution that supported what Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton called "the lifeblood" of the Sinoloa Cartel's operations.

Heritage Foundation: Where Have All the Scholars Gone?

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 18:51
Is the Heritage Foundation really drifting away from its scholarly roots--or has it always been more of a corporate-funded right-wing lobby?

New York Times Critic Doesn't Care What Foreigners Have to Say

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 18:16
New York Times media columnist David Carr (2/24/14) seems to think the relationship between CNN and Piers Morgan was doomed from the start: It's been an unhappy collision between a British television personality who refuses to assimilate–the only football he cares about is round and his lectures on guns were rife with contempt–and a CNN audience that is intrinsically provincial. After all, the people who tune into a cable news network are, by their nature, deeply interested in America. That's a peculiar way to define "provincial"; surely one can be deeply interested in the United States and deeply interested in […]

Pundits Bemoan Failure to Cut Social Security

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 16:47
Media comments after the Obama administration backed off attempts to cut Social Security benefits exhibited a curious notion about where the "middle" is and what "majority support" means.

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