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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.

News From Venezuela–but Where Is It Coming From?

Sat, 02/22/2014 - 17:19
How trustworthy are reports that "state-sponsored paramilitaries" are "shooting at anyone who seemed like he might be protesting" against the government of Venezuela?

FAIR TV: Climate Change False Balance, MSNBC Cheers Its Boss, Apology-Free O'Reilly

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 19:38
David Gregory seemed to say that the science on climate change was settled. So why did he have a debate about whether climate change is happening? Plus MSNBC's Morning Joe cheers on its corporate parent, while Bill O'Reilly gives us one more example of why Fox News is so special.

Time Puffs Mexico's President

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 17:21
Time cheers Mexico's president for 'saving' the country. But why is it that most Mexicans don't seem to care for his brand of market 'reforms'?

Being O'Reilly Means Never Having to Say You're Sorry

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 19:31
It tells you a lot about our media and society that no one even expects O'Reilly to apologize for his slur of the left.

Our Boss Is Great! How MSNBC Covered Comcast Merger

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 16:18
How did MSNBC cover the mega-merger between its parent company and Time Warner cable? Hardly at all--except for a segment glorifying their boss.

Bob Schieffer Is Tired of Your Fancy Talk

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 19:06
Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer had a classic example of anti-populist populism.

Meet the Press Meets Climate Change

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:46
Think the days of climate change 'false balance' are over? Think again.

What Does Tom Friedman Know About TPP?

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 14:56
New York Times columnist Tom Friedman once declared that he doesn't really bother understanding international trade agreements. But that doesn't stop him from writing about them.

FAIR TV: Media Miss March, 2016 Election Coverage (!?) and PBS Pension Problems

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 18:04
On the show this week: The national media missed then tens of thousands who marched for social justice in North Carolina last weekend. Plus USA Today shows us that bad campaign reporting starts really early, and journalist David Sirota is exposing a peculiar funding arrangement at PBS.  Watch: 

The Bias of 'Both Sides Do It'

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 17:27
The New York Times had a great piece of reporting about how a phony think tank can turn dollars into political influence. Unfortunately, the piece also included the usual but-the-other-side-does-it-too routine.

Good Leaks and Bad Leaks

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 13:59
Politicians go out of their way to denounce whistleblowers and "leakers" whose revelations of classified data, they claim, have harmed national security. But it's always worth pointing out that the outrage is selective.

Michael Sam and the NFL's LGBT Makeover

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 15:55
Michael Sam may have just announced to the sports world that he's a gay man, but it seems that it's the NFL itself that may be forced to come out of its closet.

ABC on Food Stamp Cuts: Hey, It Could Be Worse

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 16:35
Are cuts in food stamp benefits really good news to those receiving them?

What Will 2016 Political Landscape Look Like? USA Today Has No Clue

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 22:33
Because it is a mere 1,000 days until the election, USA Today's Susan Page tries to predict the 2016 presidential campaign.

What DC Won't See Tonight on Public TV

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 18:38
A timely documentary about government surveillance of the civil rights movement is airing on PBS stations tonight--but not in Washington DC.

Do Respectable Journalists Want to Be Associated With Bill Keller?

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 14:39
A Daily Beast piece wonders whether journalists don't want to work with Jeremy Scahill and Glenn Greenwald because they're very critical of corporate journalism.

FAIR TV: Keystone Bipartisanship, ABC's 'Average' 401K, O'Reilly's Trust Problem

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 18:07
Big-time journalists think Obama should approve the Keystone pipeline to show that he wants to make Republicans happy. ABC tells us about an "average" family's 401K plan--which isn't average at all. And Fox host Bill O'Reilly says he's trustworthy--take his word for it.

You Won't Believe What They Let the President Do in France

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 16:33
Time's story on French President Francois Hollande is a lengthy, rather predictable argument that his turn to the right is a good idea. But it was hard to get past the very first sentence.

News You Can't Use: ABC and Your 401K

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 23:33
Once again, ABC explains the news by focusing on a 'typical family' and their 401k account. But most families have no such thing.

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