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TV Hires That Keep the Debate Narrow

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:32
Corporate media aren't looking to expand the debate on important issues. They're interested in keeping things as narrow as they already are.

Bill O'Reilly Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 20:06
Bill O'Reilly's message on Martin Luther King Jr. Day was that blacks "have a much tougher time succeeding in the marketplace" because they don't "study and work hard."

Erasing Obama's Record on the Afghan War

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 19:57
In focusing on how Obama might end the Afghan War--which hasn't ended, of course--media accounts omit the fact that Obama massively increased the number of US troops in Afghanistan

Journalists Grade US Schools: Average Is Failure

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 16:48
Newsweek says American schools get a D-minus. But do the numbers add up?

It's Sunday and It's Snowden

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 16:12
It's Sunday, and that means time for the network chat shows to present one-sided discussions about the NSA, Edward Snowden and mass surveillance.

FAIR TV: Christie's Temper, CBS on France, Time's Clinton Cover

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 19:13
This week on the show: Does Chris Christie have a temper problem? Fox's Brit Hume has some thoughts. CBS covers French politics–well, mostly a French politician's sex life. And Time puts Hillary Clinton's nonexistent presidential campaign on its latest cover.  Watch: 

NYT: The Center Is Right in France

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 18:47
Are "economic experts" really gratified by French President Francois Hollande's economic policy ideas? The New York Times cites one, but it's not hard to find other economists who offer a very different take.

USA Today: Fracking Makes You Rich! (And Also Maybe Sick, Too)

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 20:49
USA Today touts Texans striking it rich in the oil/gas business--"OIL!" is the front-page headline, and that captures the tone of the piece.

Zakaria's Fantastic Economic Advice

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 15:57
CNN's Fareed Zakaria-- with an assist from the Wall Street Journal--divided Latin American economies into winners and losers. But does it all add up?

Can We Persuade CBS to Abandon Its Inaccurate Rhetoric on Iran?

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 16:49
CBS's Major Garrett says "the next big step" is "persuading Iran to abandon its nuclear weapons program entirely"--but it's never been established that Iran has a nuclear weapons program to abandon.

An American Reporter in Paris

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 16:18
It's odd that CBS went to an American living in France for a sense of how the French feel about their president's personal life. But perhaps that was because the French mostly don't think it's an issue.

Chris Christie's Real Problem? Our 'Feminized' Culture

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 17:51
On the question of whether or not Christie is a bully, veteran Fox pundit Brit Hume blamed that perception on our "feminized atmosphere."

How the Big Papers Remember Ariel Sharon

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 18:10
Reading the pieces in the Sunday editions of the New York Times and the Washington Post about the death of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, one gets the sense that reporters were aware of some of Sharon's bloodiest history--but mostly kept that out of their accounts of his life.

FAIR TV: Misremembering Fallujah, CNN Climate 'Balance,' Discussing the Left Without the Left

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 18:18
Media are remembering Fallujah--but what are they forgetting? The CNN debate show Crossfire gives viewers false balance on climate change, and ABC's This Week talks about the "resurgent left"--without much input from the left.

Wait–Chris Christie Might Be a Vindictive Bully?!

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 17:43
Some of the recent coverage of Republican New Jersey governor seems genuinely surprised that the bullying, partisan politician might be... well, bullying and partisan.

Why Did the US Invade Iraq? The Answer in 2014

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 13:06
Reports of Al-Qaeda linked fighters taking over the Iraqi city of Fallujah have prompted a lot of media coverage about the US sacrifice there. In the process, the history of the war is being dramatically rewritten.

O'Reilly's Marijuana/Texting/Videogame Theory Destroyed by Guest

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 18:50
One of the most satisfying O'Reilly Factor episodes ever aired Monday night when, through some terrible miscalculation, someone who knew what he was talking about managed to get on the show.

It's Cold Outside, So CNN Debates Climate Change

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 17:02
Right from the beginning, the January 6 episode of CNN's Crossfire sounded like a bad idea. Here's the announcement that aired at the top of the show: How far below zero does it have to get to cool off the global warming debate? To make things clearer, the top of the show announcement continued: This week's historic cold brings out the skeptics. Will it put the climate change debate in the deep freeze? But while cold weather might "bring out" climate change deniers, it was CNN that decided to put one on Crossfire, creating a familiar–and false– "balance" between those […]

Fox Regular Calls for Assassinating Obama

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 15:10
Unfortunately, advocating and fantasizing about the murder of perceived enemies of the Fox worldview is a line that has been crossed all too commonly in Murdoch-owned media outlets.

As Abortion Restrictions Soar, Abortion Coverage Dwindles

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 18:32
Over the past decade, it has gotten much more difficult for women in the United States to access safe and legal abortion services. How have national media kept up with this dramatically changing landscape? Not so well.

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