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    For Fox News' Steve Emerson, Factchecking Seems to Be a No-Go Zone

    Mon, 01/12/2015 - 16:16
    Fox News "expert" Steve Emerson retracted his claim that non-Muslims can't enter Britain's second-largest city. But he has a long history of making equally inaccurate claims.

    Some European Bloodbaths Are More Interesting Than Others

    Sun, 01/11/2015 - 12:14
    Why is that Islamist violence is drop-everything fascinating to US corporate media, while a massacre by a right-wing anti-Muslim zealot doesn't seem to be worth talking about?

    How Did TV News Talk About Torture in Coverage of the Torture Report?

    Fri, 01/09/2015 - 17:54
    A new FAIR study (Media Advisory, 1/7/15) finds that torture supporters outnumbered critics of torture nearly 2-to-1 in TV news coverage of the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on CIA torture. While those who authorized and carried out torture were well-represented, like George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and several CIA officials, victims of torture were entirely missing and their advocates barely heard from. But beyond who got a chance to speak, how were these discussions conducted and what was said? Human Rights Take a Back Seat to Partisan Bickering In analyzing the transcripts of these shows, the most glaring […]

    It's Critics of 'Selma' Who Are Distorting Civil Rights History

    Thu, 01/08/2015 - 13:41
    Op-eds are supposed to stick to the actual facts. But the ones attacking Selma do far more to distort the reality of Martin Luther King's relationship with Lyndon Johnson than the fictional film does.

    Remembering Victims of Terror–and Forgetting Some Others

    Wed, 01/07/2015 - 18:49
    CBS's "senior security consultant" doesn't appear to remember a massacre less than four years ago that killed 77 people, mostly teenagers.

    USA Today Makes Sure Rich Don't Get Blamed for Middle-Class Stagnation

    Tue, 01/06/2015 - 16:08
    USA Today boasts that most of its "editorials are coupled with an opposing view--a unique USA Today feature." So you're getting both sides, is the implication--when in fact what you're more likely to get is perception management.

    White Man Publishes Book! USA Today Mistakes This for News

    Mon, 01/05/2015 - 18:54
    Whose story, USA Today's Michael Wolff wonders, will replace "the dominant culture tale" provided by white men? "The women's narrative? The anti-one-percent narrative?" As far as I can tell, he's completely serious.

    Summing Up White Supremacist Ties as 'Saying Nice Things About an Old Man'

    Mon, 01/05/2015 - 15:19
    On Meet the Press, host Chuck Todd tried to provide some historical context to the controversy over incoming GOP majority whip Steve Scalise's speaking before a white supremacist group. He failed.

    Why Won't Warren Quit Worrying and Learn to Love Wall Street?

    Wed, 12/24/2014 - 17:39
    The Washington Post's David Ignatius is the latest establishment journalist to launch a salvo against Sen. Elizabeth Warren and "her jihad against Wall Street."

    The Weird World of the Washington Post, Where Reagan Never Met Gorbachev

    Tue, 12/23/2014 - 10:40
    Reading the Washington Post opinion pages can be like reading dispatches from a parallel universe. You get that sense of alternative history from Post deputy editorial editor Jackson Diehl's latest.

    USA Today Wants You to Think Killings of Police Are on the Rise

    Mon, 12/22/2014 - 19:53
    USA Today could have averaged several recent years to see if there was a meaningful trend. But instead the newspaper decided to feed the narrative that police officers are under attack.

    Gift-Giving Advice From the New York Times

    Sun, 12/21/2014 - 19:16
    Do you have too much money? The New York Times has some shopping tips for you.

    People Who Live in 'Flyspecks' Shouldn't Fling Metaphors

    Thu, 12/18/2014 - 13:11
    The second paragraph of the Washington Post's news story (12/17/14) on President Obama normalizing relations with Cuba begins, "Cuba is a flyspeck of an island that long ago ceased to be a threat to the United States."

    More Pointless Campaign 2016 Journalism

    Wed, 12/17/2014 - 18:30
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush announced that he sort of could be running for the Republican presidential nomination. Of course, that drew substantial media attention.

    WaPo Won't Say 'Torture'–Unless It Makes Torture Sound Better

    Wed, 12/17/2014 - 17:03
    The Washington Post's poll most likely found that a small minority of Americans thought torture was justified after 9/11. In other words, pretty much the opposite of what the Post's headline said.

    Dana Milbank and the Bias of Centrism

    Wed, 12/17/2014 - 16:47
    To argue that Elizabeth Warren is the left equivalent of Jim DeMint, one must exhibit no interest in the substance of politics.

    Fox's O'Reilly: 'All the Wolves Have Been Muslims'

    Tue, 12/16/2014 - 17:12
    Every lone wolf terrorist has been Muslim, says the no spin Fox host.

    NBC: Someday We Might Learn That Drones Kill Civilians

    Mon, 12/15/2014 - 16:55
    Meet the Press covers US drone attacks. But why do they want viewers to think it's too hard to know how many innocents have died?

    'Disruptive, Demanding' Elizabeth Warren vs. 'Can-Do' Pragmatists

    Mon, 12/15/2014 - 15:46
    Media coverage portrays populist Democrats as presenting a "threat" to pragmatic centrism.

    Update: NPR Doesn't Ban 'Torture'–but Offers Euphemisms to Use in Its Place

    Sun, 12/14/2014 - 14:56
    This is an update to "Refusing to Take Sides, NPR Takes Sides With Torture Deniers" (FAIR Blog, 12/12/14). As Romenesko (12/12/14) points out, NPR's ethics department has been issuing guidance on the use of the word "torture." The first memo, issued August 8, cites a message from then-NPR vice president for news Ellen Weiss, written in November 2009: Contrary to some commentaries, NPR did not ban the word "torture." Rather, we gave our journalists guidance about how to avoid loaded language about interrogation techniques, realizing that no matter what words are chosen, we risk the appearance of taking one side […]