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    FAIR TV: Media in War Mode, Calling for Civilian Deaths and PBS Hits Harper's

    Fri, 10/03/2014 - 16:54
    On this week's show: The ways corporate media cover war, a Fox News pundit wants to see more civilian deaths in Syria, and PBS uses its ad dollars to punish a magazine. All of that on this week's show:

    PBS Goes Easy on Paul Ryan

    Fri, 10/03/2014 - 15:54
    Ryan wants to change his public image, and is relying on media coverage to help him do that. The NewsHour's Judy Woodruff was unsurprisingly doing her part.

    Breaking News: Ben Affleck Is a Famous Movie Star

    Fri, 10/03/2014 - 15:17
    There's a lot going on in the world. So why did NBC Nightly News devote a four-minute segment to a movie star?

    Fox Pundit: Civilians Die–Get Over It!

    Thu, 10/02/2014 - 11:11
    A Fox News military analyst is not afraid to talk about civilian deaths in Syria: He seems to want to see more of them.

    PBS Uses Advertising to Retaliate Against Critical Coverage

    Tue, 09/30/2014 - 15:42
    PBS was set up in part because of an understanding that advertising exerts pressure on media outlets. And now it's using its own advertising to signal its disapproval of critical coverage.

    TV Generals and Precision Bombs: Corporate Media Go to War

    Mon, 09/29/2014 - 15:08
    Generals, former generals and not much more: Corporate media are covering war the only way they know how.

    The Other Kind of Climate Change Denial

    Mon, 09/29/2014 - 14:34
    A Washington Post columnist says that by "all logic" we should be drilling for more oil. What about the logic of climate change?

    FAIR TV: Climate Blackout, Bombing Syria & Human Rights Rhetoric

    Fri, 09/26/2014 - 15:18
    The People's Climate March wasn't fit for TV news, Obama is a "reluctant warrior," and the US has a "longtime concern" for human rights in Egypt.

    Washington Post Slams Venezuela for Electing 'Former Bus Driver'

    Thu, 09/25/2014 - 15:50
    It's no secret that the Washington Post editorial page was quite alarmed by Venezuela's shift to the left under former President Hugo Chavez. The Post–like the rest of elite US media (Extra!, 11/05)–was an unrelenting critic of Chavez's policies. Some things haven't changed. In a scathing editorial (9/20/14), the Post went after Chavez's successor Nicolas Maduro, calling him an "economically illiterate former bus driver" because he "rejected the advice of pragmatists" and will continue to pursue policies that are ruining what was "once Latin America’s richest country." During the Chavez years, the most important economic story was the rapid gains by […]

    Jeff Bezos Takes WaPo's Advice, Rips Off WaPo Workers

    Thu, 09/25/2014 - 14:09
    Where could Jeff Bezos have gotten the idea that it was OK to take away large sums of money that you promised people for their retirement after years of service? Well, maybe he reads the paper he just bought.

    Civilization-Threatening Crises? Nope, Can't Think of Any

    Tue, 09/23/2014 - 17:27
    David Brooks thinks you're just dwelling on the negative in the news--and he's written a New York Times column, headlined "Snap Out of It," to set you straight.

    Reluctant Warrior Bombs Yet Another Country

    Tue, 09/23/2014 - 15:13
    Can a president who has launched military strikes on seven countries really be called a 'reluctant warrior?'

    What Chuck Todd Talks About Instead of Talking About Climate

    Mon, 09/22/2014 - 17:10
    Not talking about the largest climate march in history left Chuck Todd with some time to fill up on NBC's Meet the Press.

    FAIR TV: ISIS & the 'Homeland,' Pro-War Pundits and 'Don't Blame Fracking'

    Fri, 09/19/2014 - 17:33
    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:  

    Deep US Concern for Human Rights in Egypt? Time Says So

    Fri, 09/19/2014 - 13:53
    The idea that the United States is being forced to suspend any 'longtime concerns' about Egyptian human rights is hard to square with reality.

    Corporate Media: Don't Worry, Be Fracking

    Wed, 09/17/2014 - 16:34
    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 PBS Left: 'Airstrikes Are Wonderful'

    Tue, 09/16/2014 - 14:37
    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.

    ABC: ISIS Possibly Scarier Than Al-Qaeda–Due to Social Media

    Mon, 09/15/2014 - 17:46
    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: 'We Have No Choice' but to Attack ISIS 'Before We All Get Killed'

    Mon, 09/15/2014 - 16:59
    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."

    FAIR TV September 14, 2014

    Fri, 09/12/2014 - 18:06
    War drums for ISIS, Kissinger confronted, Fox's non-apology.
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