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FAIR TV: NYT Venezuela Correction, Rich Lowry's War Lies, Iran's Unreal Ship

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 17:24
On the show: The New York Times runs an op-ed from a leader of the Venezuelan opposition–but it's the correction that is most revealing. And right-wing pundit Rich Lowry can't stand Vladmir Putin's invasion based on "lies." But he had a different view of that when he was the one lying about Iraq. Plus the New York Times and USA Today run with alarmist stories about a fake Iranian ship.  Watch: 

Does Today Show Know Michelle Rhee's Record?

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 16:41
Michelle Rhee's history could make her an interesting person to interview for a piece about the overemphasis on standardized testing. But the failure to mention Rhee's scandal suggests that either the Today show doesn't know that history--or doesn't think it matters.

Will Condi Rice Run for President?! (Spoiler Alert: No)

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 18:08
If the question is "Will Condi Rice run for president?" and you know that her on-the-record answer to this is no.... Well, what's the point of this piece again?

PhRMA's Money Affects Human Lives–and Journalism Too

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 13:42
Josh Marshall announces that Idea Lab: Impact will be "sponsored by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America." Yes, PhRMA, the lobbying group that has helped make the marketing of medicine one of the most profitable industries in America.

WaPo's Twisted Take on Poor People Eating

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 12:22
The Washington Post describes state efforts to make sure poor recipients remain eligible for food stamp benefits as a "loophole...potentially wiping out billions of dollars in savings Congress agreed to last month."

Who Is Dying in Venezuela? A Revealing NYT Correction

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 14:26
A leader of the anti-government opposition in Venezuela writes an op-ed for the New York Times--but the most interesting part might be the correction.

Pundits Never Have to Say They're Sorry–but They Can Demand Others Apologize for Being Right

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 12:43
National Review editor Rich Lowry slams Putin's invasion based on "lies and force of arms." You see, he's against that kind of thing--except when it was the invasion of Iraq.

Suspect Ships: Is Everything About Iran Threatening?

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 16:25
The story of an Iranian mockup of an aircraft carrier illustrates the corporate media presumption that, whatever is happening, Iran has "bellicose purposes" in mind.

FAIR TV: Progressive Budget, Wash Post's NSA Omission, Sundays With CEOs

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 18:01
On the show this week: The Progressive Caucus budget is greeted with the usual corporate media silence, the Washington Post withholds vital information from its recent NSA scoop, and Maria Bartiromo sticks up for the voiceless CEOs.   

Hawks Want Obama to Be More Like Jimmy Carter

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 15:07
Pundits like Charles Krauthammer have fond memories of the Afghan/Soviet war, and want Obama to be more like Jimmy Carter so that the Ukraine crisis can have a similarly happy result.

Are Charter Schools Really 'Helping Poor Children'?

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 18:10
The "usual measurement" offered by columnist Richard Cohen as proof of the value of charter schools offers no evidence that charter school students are any better off at all.

The NSA Built a 'Time Machine'–but Washington Post Won't Say Where

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 16:18
The Washington Post is reporting that the NSA is able to store every phone call made in an entire nation and replay them for up to 30 days. Not only can the agency do this, but there is a country where it's actually doing this now--the Post knows where, but they won't say.

Finally, Corporate America Will Have a Voice

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 17:54
Former CNBC host Maria Bartiromo will be debuting a new show on the Fox News Channel soon, and she's sharing one idea about what will make her show different: Corporations will finally get a chance to tell their story.

And Now, an Expert on America's Schools: Bill Gates

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 15:26
A rare segment on network news about education policy--and the only guest is a billionaire on one side of the fight.

Public Confused About Climate Change? It's Everybody's Fault But the Media's

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 14:39
Too hear the New York Times tell it, public misperceptions about the reality and severity of climate change aren't just the fault of the fossil-fuel industry--scientists are also to blame, for being too nuanced.

Obama's Imaginary Foreign Policy 'Caution'

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 14:15
The NY Times once again advances the idea that Barack Obama's foreign policy is alarmingly noninterventionist. Which is true, when you discount all the evidence to the contrary.

FAIR TV: Delusional Putin, Conflicted Pundit, We're All Rich!

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 17:32
Tracing the "Putin is delusional" storyline. CBS gives viewers an energy expert who just so happens to work for the oil industry. And there's good economic news: We're all rich again! Well, not all of us.

Will Twisted History of Georgian War Facilitate a Repetition?

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 17:28
In reporting and commentary on Ukraine, the 2008 Russo-Georgian War provides a handy anti-Russian talking point...if you leave out half the story.

Once Again: Progressive Budget's Media Blackout

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:55
What if lawmakers put forward a federal budget plan to tax big financial institutions, enact a healthcare public option and increase spending to put millions of Americans to work on badly needed infrastructure projects? They did. You just didn't read or hear much about it.

Is Putin Delusional–or Is NYT a 'Megaphone for Propaganda'?

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 16:51
Tracing back the story about Vladimir Putin being out of touch reality, one journalist sees it as a prime example of how media outlets can "become a megaphone for propaganda."

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