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Joking about pop music that's so bad it's painful helps obscure the all-too-serious use of sound as a weapon that causes actual pain.
60 Minutes' interview with former CIA official Mike Morell was more like a press briefing than an interview with a powerful figure who has never been asked questions by a TV journalist.
Fox News host Bill O'Reilly told viewers, "The Factor has established itself as the go-to news program if you want the facts about Obamacare." And then he proceeded to show that this wasn't true.
This week we look at what the big TV networks covered instead of the new reports about US drone attacks. Plus CBS host Bob Schieffer calls for more discussions of issues that matter, and CNN is set to air some pro-nuclear power propaganda.
Before she was a reporter, CNN host Erin Burnett worked on Wall Street. Evidently she still sees things from that perspective. On October 21, Burnett took time on her show OutFront to criticize the Justice Department's reported $13 billion settlement with JPMorgan Chase. The bank is apparently ready to settle over a variety of claims relating to mortgage securities and the 2008 economic collapse. To Burnett, this is the government punishing success–and making the bank pay for things it didn't even do: This is all related to mortgage-backed securities and bad mortgages. It's a hell of a lot of money, […]
Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch both released reports on civilian deaths from US drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen. Despite being front-page news in the New York Times, the reports were absent from the network evening newscasts.
"The early denunciations of Snowden now seem both over the top and beside the point," the Washington Post's Richard Cohen writes. He should know--he wrote one of them. And now he says his initial reaction was "just plain wrong."
Bob Schieffer isn't just a guy with an opinion about what's not being discussed on TV. He hosts a TV show every week.
The word "wildfire" has come up 1,457 times in USA Today's reporting--and it's been accompanied by the phrase "climate change" 73 times.
US media ignore one part of Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai's message. CNN's Fareed Zakaria talks about inequality and Occupy Wall Street with....three CEOs? And corporations view the news networks they own as vehicles to promote their other properties.
TV bosses are in the top 20 percent of big corporations in terms of how much more they make than their employees.
When US journalists talk about what "the world" thinks of Iran's nuclear program, it's important to remember that they're not usually talking about "the world"-- just one very powerful part of it.
Time's blog runs a piece on Iran that includes everything that was missing from a recent Time magazine history of US-Iran relations.
Media don't tend to define The Center as "Things Most People Support," because letting people know that most Americans support raising taxes on the wealthy, cutting military spending or providing single-payer healthcare would make the elite political debate seem like it's well to the right of the public.
It's true that Mexico's default on its debts in 1982 was followed by years of hard times. But Argentine and Russian memories of default are far less "searing"
Former Undersecretary of State John Bolton seems to tell the New York Times that only a nut would have claimed that Iraq had destroyed its chemical weapons stockpiles before the US-led war. The Times lets it pass, which is unfortunate, because if that's indeed what Bolton was referring to, it's false.
CNN host Fareed Zakaria dedicated a portion of his October 13 CNN show to a discussion of income inequality and the second anniversary of Occupy Wall Street. The guests? Goldman Sachs' Lloyd Blankfein and two other CEOs.
60 Minutes was so excited to hear that its report made their audience eager to inform on their neighbors and family members, it sounded like the viewer's mailbag at the end of an East German TV news show.
Corporate media were very interested in Malala Yousafzai's message about standing up to the Taliban. But her comments about US drone strikes? Not so newsworthy.
60 Minutes goes after disability benefits, government leaks on that Somalia raid, and Time magazine's Iran timeline is missing some important history.