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This week on FAIR TV: Media should take a side on who's causing the government shutdown. CBS Evening News wonders what happened to global warming. And Brian Williams can't believe the stunning shift from Iran on nuclear weapons–so who was this Brian Williams guy who was was reporting on the "new line" from Iran years ago? Take a look:
It's not easy to summarize a half century of more of history, but the items selected by Time to represent key events in US/Iranian relations are more than a little curious.
Media seem more eager to carry messages to the effect of "NSA spying works" rather than admissions from the NSA that the record isn't quite so impressive.
Media like to dismiss the partisan "blame game," but in cases like this placing blame is something that journalism ought to do.
A look at USA Today's Iran coverage over time suggests a pattern of putting Iran in a bad light, sometimes at the expense of the truth.
A helpful report would debunk the long-running, completely inaccurate meme among climate change deniers that global warming has stopped. But CBS correspondent Mark Phillips doesn't really seem to be trying to be helpful.
Today the Washington Post (10/1/13) has a piece about how Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not pleased with the thaw in US/Iran relations. That's not surprising. But I was a little surprised that reporters David Nakamura and William Booth allowed this: Israeli leaders fear that the international community, and the United States in particular, is in danger of being duped by the Iranians. One official compared the Americans to tourists wandering into a Middle East bazaar. "The Persians have been using these tactics for thousands of years, before America came to be," said a senior Israeli official, who spoke […]
Filmmaker Charles Ferguson announced that he was no longer going to make a nonfiction film for CNN about Hillary Clinton. The reasons why he's pulling out of the project are interesting--and disturbing.
This week on FAIR TV, NBC got a scoop: Iran's new president says his country isn't interested in a nuclear bomb. NBC–and other outlets–treated this as big news. But it's not. Plus: Time magazine finds a link between mass shooters and government whistleblowers, and NBC tries to do some Obamacare fact-checking. It doesn't go very well.
New York Times columnist Roger Cohen offered some reasons to be skeptical of what we're hearing from Iranian president Hassan Rouhani. He is, after all, Muslim.
FAIR's latest alert documents the conflict of interest concerning the new Jerusalem correspondent at the Washington Post. If you're writing to the paper and want to share your letter, please do so in the comments section below.
The federal government is taking more of our money; it's actually taking less than average. So why does Bill O'Reilly think otherwise? It might be due to the fact that people like him are paying a little more this year.
Meet the Press host David Gregory tried to take a different approach from his colleague Chuck Todd. Unfortunately, his attempted factcheck didn't really clarify much.
Henry Kissinger counts on his friends in the elite media to not bother him with questions about his past.
Yesterday in USA Today (9/22/13), Aamer Madhani wrote this about the challenges facing Barack Obama: The president is also trying to take advantage of a diplomatic opening–created by the installation of a new, more moderate president in Iran–to persuade Tehran to abandon its nuclear weapons program. As you might know by now, this is misleading; Iran is suspected by some governments of having a nuclear weapons program, but there is no solid intelligence that such a program exists. USA Today made a similar claim a few months ago; when FAIR activists wrote to the paper, it eventually got around to […]
FAIR's recent Action Alert takes a look at the relationship between CNN "left" host Stephanie Cutter and the Obama White House. If you think this is something CNN needs to explain, send them a message–and copy that message in the comments section below.
Whistleblowers Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning, and mass shooters Nidal Hassan and Aaron Alexis: Time wonders how these four dangerous individuals managed to slip through the system?
USA Today shows readers how balance can mislead. CNN has a host "from the left"– but is she really "from the White House"? And Chuck Todd gives viewers some sense of how he defines his job. We'll compare that with an MSNBC commercial where Todd sounds pretty high-minded about what his journalism is supposed to do.
If the big news here is that the president of Iran is saying the country is not developing nuclear weapons, and does not ever intend to do so, that's not really news.
To find out whether oil industry funding might have influenced a study, the New York Times went to someone who works for a think thank with numerous oil industry funders--including at least three of the companies who funded the study in question.