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Can a president who has launched military strikes on seven countries really be called a 'reluctant warrior?'
Not talking about the largest climate march in history left Chuck Todd with some time to fill up on NBC's Meet the Press.
This week: Watch ABC drum up fears about a terror attack on the United States. Plus we'll take a look at the state of the debate over war, and how big papers spun a study of how fracking leads to water contamination into a story about how we shouldn't blame fracking. Take a look:
The idea that the United States is being forced to suspend any 'longtime concerns' about Egyptian human rights is hard to square with reality.
A new study shows that gas leaks from fracking wells are responsible for water contamination. But some media outlets were keen to send the message that fracking isn't causing these problems.
The voice from the left on PBS wants a serious debate over Obama's war plan--but also makes it clear that airstrikes are great.
A key element in the shift in US public opinion toward attacking ISIS is the idea that the country could be attacked by the group. Where do people get this idea? TV news might be one place.
CBS host Bob Schieffer believes that ISIS poses a threat to the American "homeland" and tells viewers: "This evil must be eradicated. These forces must be destroyed."
War drums for ISIS, Kissinger confronted, Fox's non-apology.
Anything that hurts labor unions, workers and moves Democrats to the right must be something to cheer about.
Henry Kissinger is making the rounds again--mostly reminding us that elite media love to fawn over Henry Kissinger.
What does a "full range of views" look like to the New York Times? Powerful people who worked for Republicans and Democrats.
The New York Times and PBS NewsHour present very different looks at fracking. What's missing from both? Climate change.
The new boss at NPR says you should expect to hear more corporate advertising-- no wait, that's not it. You'll hear more about "brands that matter."
Are corporate media banging the war drums in 2014 just like they did in 2003? USA Today promotes a poll that they say shows the public wants a more 'muscular' foreign policy. But is that really the message the public is sending? Plus the New York Times remembers a Chris Christie foreign policy 'gaffe'-- saying something accurate about the occupation of the West Bank.
The New York Times seems to suggest that the ongoing wars in Yemen and Pakistan are limited to attacks on "leaders." That is "a totally false statement," one analyst notes.
The use of unnamed sources is widespread, even in places where it's not necessary. But allowing an unnamed source to levy a threat, without having to put on the record who's making the threat, is new to the sports venue game.
The Israeli government unequivocally declared that Hamas was responsible for the kidnapping and murder of three young Israelis. But Israeli legal documents do not support the Israeli government's accusations.
The New York Post refers to Meet the Press's "famously left-leaning former hosts including the ousted David Gregory." A quick overview of Gregory's record doesn't turn up much evidence of leaning to the left--but plenty to the contrary.
Discussions of what the Obama White House should do in Iraq and Syria are dominated by hawks, military officials and former national security insiders.