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    The Weird World of the Washington Post, Where Reagan Never Met Gorbachev

    Tue, 12/23/2014 - 10:40
    Reading the Washington Post opinion pages can be like reading dispatches from a parallel universe. You get that sense of alternative history from Post deputy editorial editor Jackson Diehl's latest.

    USA Today Wants You to Think Killings of Police Are on the Rise

    Mon, 12/22/2014 - 19:53
    USA Today could have averaged several recent years to see if there was a meaningful trend. But instead the newspaper decided to feed the narrative that police officers are under attack.

    Gift-Giving Advice From the New York Times

    Sun, 12/21/2014 - 19:16
    Do you have too much money? The New York Times has some shopping tips for you.

    People Who Live in 'Flyspecks' Shouldn't Fling Metaphors

    Thu, 12/18/2014 - 13:11
    The second paragraph of the Washington Post's news story (12/17/14) on President Obama normalizing relations with Cuba begins, "Cuba is a flyspeck of an island that long ago ceased to be a threat to the United States."

    More Pointless Campaign 2016 Journalism

    Wed, 12/17/2014 - 18:30
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush announced that he sort of could be running for the Republican presidential nomination. Of course, that drew substantial media attention.

    WaPo Won't Say 'Torture'–Unless It Makes Torture Sound Better

    Wed, 12/17/2014 - 17:03
    The Washington Post's poll most likely found that a small minority of Americans thought torture was justified after 9/11. In other words, pretty much the opposite of what the Post's headline said.

    Dana Milbank and the Bias of Centrism

    Wed, 12/17/2014 - 16:47
    To argue that Elizabeth Warren is the left equivalent of Jim DeMint, one must exhibit no interest in the substance of politics.

    Fox's O'Reilly: 'All the Wolves Have Been Muslims'

    Tue, 12/16/2014 - 17:12
    Every lone wolf terrorist has been Muslim, says the no spin Fox host.

    NBC: Someday We Might Learn That Drones Kill Civilians

    Mon, 12/15/2014 - 16:55
    Meet the Press covers US drone attacks. But why do they want viewers to think it's too hard to know how many innocents have died?

    'Disruptive, Demanding' Elizabeth Warren vs. 'Can-Do' Pragmatists

    Mon, 12/15/2014 - 15:46
    Media coverage portrays populist Democrats as presenting a "threat" to pragmatic centrism.

    Update: NPR Doesn't Ban 'Torture'–but Offers Euphemisms to Use in Its Place

    Sun, 12/14/2014 - 14:56
    This is an update to "Refusing to Take Sides, NPR Takes Sides With Torture Deniers" (FAIR Blog, 12/12/14). As Romenesko (12/12/14) points out, NPR's ethics department has been issuing guidance on the use of the word "torture." The first memo, issued August 8, cites a message from then-NPR vice president for news Ellen Weiss, written in November 2009: Contrary to some commentaries, NPR did not ban the word "torture." Rather, we gave our journalists guidance about how to avoid loaded language about interrogation techniques, realizing that no matter what words are chosen, we risk the appearance of taking one side […]

    FAIR TV: US Victimology, Equal Time for Torturers and Hypocritical Factchecking Lectures

    Fri, 12/12/2014 - 17:14
    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:  

    Refusing to Take Sides, NPR Takes Sides With Torture Deniers

    Fri, 12/12/2014 - 15:42
    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.

    Investigative Reporting = Working With Ad Partners to Monetize the Audience

    Thu, 12/11/2014 - 14:12
    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.

    ABC Makes US the Victim in CIA Torture Report Story

    Wed, 12/10/2014 - 17:55
    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."

    Washington Post Does Not Call It Torture When We Torture

    Tue, 12/09/2014 - 17:07
    The Washington Post doesn't call torture by its name because that would be 'contentious.'

    And Now, to Discuss Police Killings: Rush Limbaugh?

    Mon, 12/08/2014 - 23:20
    "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?"

    Torture Enablers Spin Unreleased Senate Report

    Mon, 12/08/2014 - 18:39
    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?

    Wrong-on-Iraq Pundit Gives Lessons in Media Accountability

    Mon, 12/08/2014 - 18:09
    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,

    Reporting the News Like Black Lives Don't Matter

    Sun, 12/07/2014 - 17:36
    "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.