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    Gaza, Cease-Fires and Stenography

    Wed, 08/06/2014 - 12:22
    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 […]

    Did New Gaza Cease-Fire Start With an Israeli Airstrike?

    Wed, 08/06/2014 - 12:17
    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.

    When Meet the Press Meets a Palestinian

    Tue, 08/05/2014 - 10:53
    NBC invites a Palestinian on Meet the Press- but mostly to see if he would condemn Hamas.

    NYT's Iran Correction Needs a Correction

    Fri, 08/01/2014 - 16:36
    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.
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