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    FAIR TV: Keystone Misinformation, War 'Works' and NPR's Cosby Questions

    Fri, 11/21/2014 - 18:07
    The Keystone XL pipeline is back in the news--and so is a lot of the same old misinformation. Plus we'll look at how some TV journalists think about how war "works," and at what exactly NPR's Scott Simon asked comedian Bill Cosby.

    PBS to Treasury Official: 'Why Can't You Just Bomb Them?'

    Wed, 11/19/2014 - 19:20
    It seems it's hard to talk to an elite media host for very long before they start fantasizing about blowing things up.

    No, Tar Sands Oil Isn't Inevitable

    Tue, 11/18/2014 - 19:23
    Pundits say opposing Keystone is foolish because they're going to get that oil out of the ground no matter what. But is that true?

    War Works–So Why Isn't It Working?

    Tue, 11/18/2014 - 18:18
    "About 800 airstrikes so far against ISIS. Why isn't this working?" What makes a seemingly innocuous question like that noteworthy is the assumption that airstrikes are supposed to "work" in the first place.

    A 'Child' Is Missing–From a New York Times Headline

    Tue, 11/18/2014 - 18:00
    Did New York Times editors leave out of a headline the fact that it was a child who had been shot because they didn't want readers to get too upset about Israel doing the shooting?

    Amid Wall Street's 'Dazzling Successes,' Workers Left in 'Dark Corners'

    Tue, 11/18/2014 - 16:57
    Does the fact that "CEOs are feeling pretty good about things" mean that the majority of US households--which rely on paychecks--should feel good too?

    No Debate on War

    Tue, 11/18/2014 - 16:18
    Today I was pleased to visit Democracy Now! to talk about FAIR's new study documenting the lack of debate over the wars in Iraq and Syria. Watch the interview here:

    Will Bob Schieffer Move Toward the Center?

    Mon, 11/17/2014 - 22:08
    Bob Schieffer is right that "a lot of people" think the Democrats should move to the "center"--especially journalists and pundits, who have been saying this for at least 30 years. There's no reason to think it's especially good advice, but that doesn't seem to matter.

    No, NPR Did Not Ask Cosby About Rape Accusations

    Mon, 11/17/2014 - 22:03
    NPR's Scott Simon didn't ask Bill Cosby about the sexual assault allegations made against him by numerous women. There was no "rape question."

    Is Keystone Coverage Getting Worse?

    Mon, 11/17/2014 - 17:29
    The Keystone XL pipeline is back in the news. But some of the coverage is as bad as ever--if not worse.

    FAIR TV: CBS's Ebola Omission, Bush Iraq Lie and Climate Change, Fox-Style

    Fri, 11/14/2014 - 16:19
    60 Minutes went to Liberia to cover the ebola crisis. The segment by correspondent Lara Logan was moving and dramatic; but who was missing? George W. Bush is back in the news and still peddling some tall tales about the Iraq War. Plus the Fox News Channel manages to sneak a little climate change denial into a brief mention of the latest IPCC report. Fair and balanced.

    Obama's 'Hot Anti-Wall Street Rhetoric'?

    Thu, 11/13/2014 - 17:33
    Politico says bankers are fond of Hillary Clinton, in part because of "Obama’s hot, anti-Wall Street rhetoric." What are they talking about?

    Fareed Zakaria Wants a Better Public

    Thu, 11/13/2014 - 14:42
    Zakaria has a different standard for ignorant citizens and ignorant politicians--not to mention ignorant media pundits.

    CBS Covers Liberia's Ebola Crisis–Without Liberian Voices

    Tue, 11/11/2014 - 16:10
    CBS presented a very moving and dramatic account of the fight against ebola in Liberia. But no Liberians spoke in the piece.

    Never Too Late to Tell Old Iraq Lies

    Tue, 11/11/2014 - 15:46
    Perhaps it is fitting that George W. Bush would say, "When you say something as president, you better mean it"--and then say something so demonstrably false.

    FAIR TV: Joni Ernst, Midterm Money and CNN's Climate Change 'Debate'

    Fri, 11/07/2014 - 18:23
    ABC World News hardly covered the midterm elections--but when they did, it looked more like an ad for a Republican candidate. Plus we look at an example of campaign coverage done right, and a curious climate change segment on CNN.

    On Iran Policy, America Is Not 'the World'

    Fri, 11/07/2014 - 17:26
    When reporters talk about what "the world" thinks about Iran, they really just mean the United States.

    Covering Climate Crisis, Fox News Style

    Fri, 11/07/2014 - 15:01
    Even when it's barely covering the issue of climate change, Fox News reporters know that they're supposed to include what climate change deniers have to say.

    ABC Campaign Coverage–or GOP Campaign Commercial?

    Tue, 11/04/2014 - 17:11
    For a news story that promises to be about a conservative candidate's TV commercial, ABC sure delivered.

    CNN Host: Climate Change Is Undeniable, So Here's a Denier

    Mon, 11/03/2014 - 18:53
    A CNN host explains that debating climate change is a bad thing. What came next? A debate over climate change.
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