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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:

Chelsea Manning Speaks–But Who Listened?

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 16:28
Whistleblower Chelsea Manning speaks in the pages of the Sunday New York Times. But was anyone else in the media listening?

Famous War Correspondent Explains Why He's Still Wrong on Iraq

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 18:00
Perhaps one of the millions of people who anticipated that the Iraq War would be costly and deadly would have been "the best person to ask" about the current crisis in Iraq.

Debating Iraq in 2014: Wrong All Over Again

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 13:58
The crisis in Iraq has brought war back to the US airwaves. But if you were expecting a more robust discussion about US military action this time around, think again. The rule seems to be that if you were wrong in 2003, you're still an expert in 2014.

Plagiarism: Why It Matters

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 19:11
One reaction I've seen to the accusations of plagiarism against Chris Hedges is, basically: Who cares? It's true there are greater journalistic crimes than plagiarism. When a reporter fabricates stories, or passes along government lies as truth, people can get killed. Plagiarism has never started a war, as far as I can tell. But that doesn't mean that it's not a serious matter, at least for the journalistic community. It's a matter of workplace theft. Imagine that you wait tables in a restaurant, and one of your co-workers turns out to have a habit of picking up other people's tips […]

FAIR TV: Right-Wing Terrorism, CNN on Israeli Occupation, USA Today's Walmart Party

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 16:49
This week: Media cover right-wing domestic terrorism–without calling it terrorism. Plus CNN's left/right discussion of Israeli occupation left a lot to be desired, and USA Today calls Walmart protesters "party poopers."   Watch:

When Is Terrorism Not Terrorism?

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 15:37
Coverage of Las Vegas murders mostly failed to call the crimes 'terrorism,' despite the alleged killers leaving behind a note that said, "The revolution is beginning," and a Revolutionary-era "Don't Tread on Me" flag closely associated with both the Patriot and Tea Party movement. The couple, both white, were also associated with far-right causes and had expressed extreme hostility toward authorities.

Iraq Is a Place Where Americans Suffered

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 18:03
In the wake of Sunni militants overtaking Mosul, US media still tell the story of the Iraq War as if US suffering is what really matters.

Crossfire Clueless on Israeli Occupation

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 11:19
CNN's Crossfire is ostensibly a debate between the left and the right. But the show's debate over Hillary Clinton's new book show how the format can become meaningless,

Joe Klein on the Itchy Grievances of Minority Groups

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 16:39
Time columnist Joe Klein wants Democrats like Hillary Clinton to keep their distance from "minority groups who are itchy to file grievances" over things like poverty.

FAIR TV: Bowe Bergdahl, NBC Slams Snowden, CNN Boosts Bush

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 17:01
On the show this week: Bowe Bergdahl's release prompts waves of media panic about former Guantanamo prisoners "returning to the battlefield." Plus NBC goes heavy on Edward Snowden critics and CNN buys a George H.W. Bush documentary funded by… the Bush library. Watch:

USA Today and Wal-Mart Poop

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 15:58
USA Today calls pro-worker activists protesting Wal-Mart "party poopers."

Writing Unions Out of the Story on Fighting Poverty

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 13:53
NY Times looks at the some new research on the failure to reduce poverty--but doesn't mention the minimum wage or strengthening workers' power through unions.

Botching the Prisoners 'Returning to the Battlefield' Story

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 15:56
In their Bowe Bergdahl coverage, some media outlets are stoking fears about freed Guantanamo prisoners 'returning to the battlefield.'

Bruni's 'Middle' = Corporate Tax Cuts and No Minimum Wage Hike?

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 16:15
Andrew Cuomo is a 'centrist' politician--meaning one who promotes unpopular policies on behalf of the very rich.

'Muddying a Murky Picture': NYT's Ukraine Kremlinology

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 12:07
The New York Times clearly has a hunch about deep Russian involvement in Ukraine. The ways it tries to confirm this hunch are curious.

Meet the Press's Snowden Debate: Traitor or Criminal?

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 17:36
The main debate about Snowden boiled down to one side saying he's a traitor and the other side saying he should come home and do prison time, perhaps as a lesson to children.

FAIR TV: Obama's Forgotten 'Surge,' Rebranding Jeb Bush, Climate Expert Coulter

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 17:49
This week: Obama's Afghan War drawdown was big news–but what do media leave out of the story of the White House's war strategy? Plus the New York Times assists in a Jeb Bush rebranding effort and CNN goes to climate change expert…Ann Coulter?   Watch:

Brian Williams Frantically Tries to Prove He's No Glenn Greenwald

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 14:55
Before NBC aired its Edward Snowden special, its evening newscast presented a lengthy report presenting the case against the NSA whistleblower.
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