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Watching coverage of the unrest in Ferguson on CNN last night (8/18/14), I was struck at the actual journalism I was treated to by CNN's Jake Tapper. It's not every day corporate media is awestruck by the heavy-handedness of a militarized attack on civilians on US soil. But such was the case for Tapper, who was nearly hit by a tear gas canister fired by police. Things escalated to the point where Tapper began to legitimately question the police's actions. His assertion that the over-the-top show of force by Ferguson police " doesn't make any sense" was a reasonable assessment […]
FAIR's new Action Alert (8/18/14) calls out the New York Times for not covering a major Amnesty International report on US torture–shortly after the paper announced a new policy of calling torture by its right name. If you send a message to the Times, please leave a copy in the comments thread to this post.
Some good--and not so good--media reactions to the police killing of Michael Brown. Plus pundits wonder what took Obama so long to bomb Iraq, and two papers try to raise doubts about the death toll in Gaza.
It would be wonderful if more Republicans--and, for that matter, more Democrats--were speaking out about police abuses and related issues. But treating one lawmaker's op-ed as a sign of a fundamental shift on the right seems a bit of an overreach.
USA Today's original headline: "Police Seek Order as Ferguson Furor Builds."
The surprise has been the extent to which some media seem to be taking the outcry seriously, talking about the militarization of police--brought home by the rough treatment given to reporters--and the criminalization of black people.
Greenwald called the NPR report "a pure and indisputable case of journalistic malpractice and deceit." It's hard to say he doesn't have a point.
When it comes to the death toll in Gaza, the Washington Post and New York Times both work hard to muddy up the picture.
More US bombing is a message corporate media are eager to amplify.
Ten years later, the New York Times will call torture by its name. But does the paper's reasoning make any sense?
This week's show: Palestinian guests are asked to condemn Hamas. Do Israeli guests face similar treatment? Plus CBS goes to Michael Bloomberg for Africa analysis and the New York Times publishes a correction that makes a bigger mistake the article it was correcting. Watch:
If a poll of a country's population excludes 20 percent of the people who live there, journalists should make that clear.
African leaders are in DC for a big summit, so CBS Face the Nation turns to noted Africa expert...Michael Bloomberg?
Fox hosts rush to the defense of a local reporter who blamed a pervasive "anti-cop mentality" on "young black men growing up without fathers."
An announced cease-fire in Gaza on August 1 broke down almost immediately, with claims that Hamas militants–including one with a suicide vest–had attacked Israeli troops and had kidnapped a soldier. But almost every aspect of the story was questionable, if not false. According to some early reports, Hamas broke the cease-fire with an attack on Israeli troops who, under the terms of the agreement, were allowed to continue military operations in Gaza. As the New York Times reported it (8/1/14): Palestinian militants sprang from the ground and confronted Israeli soldiers Friday morning, as they have repeatedly in recent days. This […]
The New York Times reported that Israel launched an airstrike moments after it announced a cease-fire. But then the paper changed the story dramatically.
NBC invites a Palestinian on Meet the Press- but mostly to see if he would condemn Hamas.
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 edited the New York Times editorial calling for marijuana legalization in order to make it easier for him to debunk.
CNN and NY Times hype Israeli claims about Hamas tunnels--and omit some important facts.