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Highly Placed Media Racists

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 20:19
Nicholas Wade was a leading New York Times science writer for three decades. He left the paper weeks after the May publication of his book, A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human History, a book many reviewers say is a full-throated defense of "scientific racism."

On US TV, Israel is 'Striking Back'

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 18:03
Israeli airstrikes in response to the murder of 3 teenagers are framed as retaliation--even though those targeted may very well have had nothing to do with the tragedy.

The Deeply Held Religious Principle Hobby Lobby Suddenly Remembered It Had

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 14:54
Coverage of the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court ruling should note that the company used to provide the kind of coverage it now deems a violation of its religious beliefs.

Repeal the Bill Kristol Permanent Punditry Act!

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 12:46
The Nation's Katrina vanden Heuvel confronted Bill Kristol on ABC about his disastrous Iraq War advocacy. One has to wonder why Kristol was there in the first place.

FAIR TV: Iraq Surge Myths, More TV Hawks, News You Can't Use

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 16:40
On the show this week: The idea that the surge of US troops is what 'won' the Iraq War shouldn't be treated as if it's a fact. Plus we look at who NBC tapped for his Iraq/Iran expertise, and media tried to tell us what we need to know about a powerful Republican lawmaker. They failed.

Racism in Politics Too Often Goes Unreported

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 16:33
National GOP and Tea Party groups descending on Mississippi to scrutinize black voters seems like a pretty big story--but it also provides a confirmation of the charge that the GOP has a serious problem with racism.

Toothpaste Terrorism? Been There, Done That

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 15:52
Far from being a "new generation," the toothpaste tube bomb has been around for almost four decades.

This Sunday, a Different Kind of Iraq War Booster: Bill Clinton

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 15:46
NBC Meet the Press taps Bill Clinton to talk Iraq. But will viewers know that Clinton was also a crucial supporter of the invasion?

Ukraine Tips From Nameless US Officials: Good Enough for NYT

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 17:29
Apparently the people who know best about what's happening in Ukraine are US government officials who won't let their names be printed in the newspaper.

NYT on Student Loan Crisis: What Crisis Is That?

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 15:01
The New York Times' David Leonhardt heralded a new study by the centrist Brookings Institution that questions whether the student loan market actually faces a "crisis on the horizon."

Gas Prices 'Skyrocketing'? You'd Better Duck

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 18:20
You're not supposed to talk about oil and Iraq--but corporate media can't stop talking about oil and Iraq.

Time on Iraq War: What Did We Do to Deserve This?

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 15:24
Many corporate news accounts treat the chaos in Iraq as proof that the good intentions of a US superpower cannot overcome tribal grievances. Michael Crowley's cover story for Time, "The End of Iraq," might be the quintessential example.

Netanyahu Can Disinform on Iran Just as Well as Iraq

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 16:11
NBC's David Gregory says that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is "well-briefed" on the US position on Iran's nuclear program. But that shouldn't be confused with being knowledgeable.

Journalism Without Information

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 15:30
Time magazine tries to tell you three things you should know about an important and powerful politician. What they tell readers is something else.

Fox Covers Up a Benghazi Story

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 15:13
Fox News won't mention the significant evidence that the Internet video was behind the attacks because it is so deeply invested in the story of a White House conspiracy, and it's too late to change the script.

FAIR TV: War Pundits Time Warp, Framing Iraq, NBC Self-Promotion

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 18:11
It's 2003 all over again, as Iraq "experts" who promoted the 2003 invasion are back on TV screens offering expert analysis about what to do next. And we take a look at some of the revealing language US reporters are employing to frame Iraq as a place that keeps forcing the US to attack it. Plus, NBC's "news" division promotes its corporate cousins over at Universal.   Watch:

Iraq and Your Gas Tank

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 17:53
When it comes to US foreign policy and warmaking in the Middle East, you're not supposed to talk about oil. But the network newscasts went out of their way to let you know that Iraq was making your next trip to the gas station more expensive.

The Iraq Surge 'Worked' All Over Again

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 16:13
Treating "the US troop surge worked" argument as a fact, as Engel is doing, is very dangerous--since it logically suggests that it is only the presence of US troops that can keep Iraq safe.

Criminal Justice Media's 'Twisted' Coverage

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 22:10
Daryl Khan of the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange strayed from most media coverage around New York's "biggest gang raid ever" by writing about the people living in the housing projects at the heart of the early-morning raid.

'Drawn Back Into War' in Iraq

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 17:14
It's revealing to see how reporters talk about the prospect of the United States military going back to war in Iraq. Indeed, many reporters made it sound like something that was being done *to* the United States:

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