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NYT's Iran Correction Needs a Correction

1 hour 52 min ago
In today's New York Times corrections box (8/1/14): An article on Wednesday about demands among both parties in Congress that the Obama administration allow a vote on any agreement with Iran on its nuclear weapons program misstated, in some editions, the value of assets that Iran will have access to under an agreement. It is more than $2 billion, not more than $2 million. This correction needs a correction. Iran does not have a "nuclear weapons program." It has a uranium enrichment program; some politicians claim it also has a weapons program it is concealing. This has never been substantiated by international […]

Bill O'Reilly's Pot Lie

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 10:47
Bill O'Reilly edited the New York Times editorial calling for marijuana legalization in order to make it easier for him to debunk.

Media Hype and Gaza's 'Terror' Tunnels

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 16:04
CNN and NY Times hype Israeli claims about Hamas tunnels--and omit some important facts.

Why Is Israel Attacking Gaza?

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 17:45
Journalism about the current violence is bound to focus on the death and destruction in Gaza. But there remains ample space to ask whether the war was launched to punish Hamas for something it had nothing to do with.

CBS Host: Palestinians Force Israel to Kill Kids

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 15:00
CBS host Bob Schieffer shares his theory that Palestinians want their kids to be killed.

Are People Who Shoot Down Passenger Planes 'War Criminals'–or 'Hard to Fault'?

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 16:04
If you're going to shoot down a civilian jetliner--from the New York Times' point of view--it helps to be working for the US Navy when you do it.

Times Are Good–for Investment Bankers, Anyway

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 18:04
If you're part of the majority that's still hurting after six years of "recovery," thinking that the US is on the wrong track isn't pessimism--it's realism.

FAIR TV: Palestinian Lives, Iran Facts, ABC's Walmart Promo

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 17:24
This week on the show: Media figures demonstrate their concern for Israeli lives–and their lack of concern for Palestinians. Plus NBC host David Gregory makes a claim about Iran–and an Iranian official is there to challenge him. And ABC's Walmart report: Is it journalism or  infomercial?   Watch:      

NYT Rewrites Gaza Headline: Was It Too Accurate?

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 11:16
The New York Times rewrote a headline about Palestinian kids being killed on a beach to remove the fact that they were killed.

PBS 'Expert' Speaks for Both Sides, but Advocates 'Excessive Force' Against One Side

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 17:14
The NewsHour invited Anthony Cordesman to consider possible policy options for "both sides" in the Israel/Gaza conflict. The problem is that Cordesman is on the record as advocating the option of brutality against Palestinian civilians.

Dear USA Today: Civilian Drone Deaths Aren't 'Charges'

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 13:44
It is a fact that drone strikes kill civilians-- not, as USA Today put it, a "charge."

Everything You Don't Need to Know About Israel/Gaza

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 17:27
ABC News put a piece on its website headlined "Everything You Need to Know About the Israel/Gaza Conflict." What's interesting about it is all the things they think you don't need to know.

CBS Host Feels for Frightened Israelis–But Not Dead Palestinians

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 15:13
CBS host Bob Schieffer conveyed genuine concern for Israelis threatened by rockets fired from Gaza. But his empathy did not extend to Palestinians killed by Israel.

Note to David Gregory: The US Is Not the World

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 16:34
NBC's Meet the Press host makes some misleading claims about Iran--thankfully an Iranian official is there to challenge him. Unfortunately, the show then tapped Jeffrey Goldberg to offer a 'reality check' on Iran's nuclear program.

Cokie Roberts: More People Should Fear the United States

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 15:38
ABC pundit Cokie Roberts thinks more countries should fear the United States.

All They Will Call You Will Be Detainees

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 11:37
One of corporate journalism's bad habits is framing international stories on the premise that news is what happens to the US. There is no better recent example of this than the story of tens of thousands of children fleeing Central America.

FAIR TV: ABC's Gaza 'Mistake,' Dinesh D'Souza and CBS CEO Boosterism

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 16:40
This week on FAIR TV: ABC's embarrassing mistake in its Gaza coverage, This Week touts a right-wing conspiracy film and CBS presents viewers with the story of the risk-taking billionaire CEO who is cutting thousands of jobs.

ABC: Three Cheers for Walmart!

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 16:20
Is ABC's reporting on Walmart journalism or PR?

NPR and the Eagerness of White Guy Sources

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 15:23
To the extent that Anya Kamenetz's tweet reflected "innocence," it's of a sort people of color and women can ill afford from journalists,

When Does the 'Cycle of Violence' Start?

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 18:53
Coverage of the violence between Israel and Palestine often reduces the conflict to a "cycle of violence" that periodically flares up (FAIR Action Alert, 6/30/06; FAIR Blog, 12/19/08). The same is true now, with corporate media embracing the narrative that Israel’s attacks against Palestine are "retaliations," implying that it is solely the fault of Palestinians for provoking and initiating the deadly attacks on Gaza (FAIR Blog, 7/2/14). But determining when such a "cycle" begins is a political act. The current conflict is usually traced back to the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teenagers on the West Bank (CNN, 7/7/14). […]


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