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This week: ABC World News prepared viewers for the Senate report on CIA torture…by warning that its publication could harm Americans. Plus TV news covers the torture report by giving a platform to torture advocates. And a pundit who was dead wrong about the Iraq War shares his thoughts about the need for Rolling Stone to do better factchecking. Watch:
National Public Radio, following the lead of the Washington Post, tries to avoid applying the word "torture" in its own voice when covering US torture.
Many would think there was something wrong with an investigative reporter who consults directly with an advertiser to think of ways for them to profit from the news. But, here we are.
The Senate report revealed shocking, even sickening treatment of the CIA's captives. But ABC's focus wasn't on the US government abuses detailed in the report, but "the fear that its release could threaten American lives."
The Washington Post doesn't call torture by its name because that would be 'contentious.'
"Rush Limbaugh talks race relations." You know, that Rush Limbaugh--the guy who once quipped, "Have you ever noticed how all newspaper composite pictures of wanted criminals resemble Jesse Jackson?"
The Senate's report on CIA torture will be released in a matter of days, so why the need to give defenders of torture a platform to excuse themselves in advance?
There are reporters at outlets like the Washington Post who raised real questions about Rolling Stone's story about rape at the University of Virginia. And then are also those like National Review editor Rich Lowry,
"Black lives matter" is the rallying cry of the burgeoning movement against police killings. The Associated Press, covering that movement, has produced a perfect example of what journalism looks like when black lives don't matter.
On Fox News Channel, the real "bad guy" in Ferguson was the victim Michael Brown. The New York Times softens language around police violence. And a commercial for a new movie is "news"--on the movie studio's TV network.
A story in the New York Times about the Keystone pipeline isn't really about the Keystone pipeline.
If only police officer Daniel Pantaleo had been able to somehow control his own arm, Eric Garner would not have died.
The St. Louis Police Academy held a special class for "upper-echelon law enforcement professionals" on how to "WIN WITH THE MEDIA" after an "officer-involved shooting."
Perhaps Cohen is sensitive to people being called racist because he's been called a racist by many observers--and not without good reason.
Why is ABC World News Tonight so excited about the new Star Wars movie? There's at least one reason.
How Fox News covered the Ferguson grand jury announcement.
One of New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan's recommendations to her paper for improving its coverage of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict is "Stop straining for symmetry." It's advice she seems reluctant to take herself.
New York Times columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin has earned a reputation over the years for being friendly with the Wall Street giants he covers. If you read his bizarre rant against Senator Elizabeth Warren, it's not hard to see why.
That so many black people are killed by law enforcement is a painful, difficult thing to face. Perhaps that's why media try so hard to look away.
Back in August ABC reported on Darren Wilson's 'serious facial injury.' What will they say now?