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    Young People Going Republican? Not So Fast

    Mon, 11/03/2014 - 18:02
    A new poll out of Harvard's Institute of Politics is getting a lot of attention, probably because it appears to send a surprising message: Young voters are moving towards the GOP. But some caution is in order.

    FAIR TV: #TimeFail, Dodgy Climate Change Rhetoric and the Non-Voting Public

    Fri, 10/31/2014 - 15:17
    This week: Time slams public school teachers; what did their "bad apples" cover story get wrong? Plus we look at how ABC is framing the climate change debate among Republican politicians, and we note that election season pundits shouldn't confuse the message they're hearing from a minority of the population that votes with "the public."

    USA Today: Still Not Too Late to Attack Gary Webb

    Fri, 10/31/2014 - 15:00
    The chatter around Kill the Messenger, the film based on the life of investigative reporter Gary Webb, has mostly faded. But this week USA Today ran a column that mangled the basic facts of Webb's reporting.

    Media Cry Foul When Democrats Talk About Race

    Thu, 10/30/2014 - 14:37
    The front page of the New York Times dwells on how Democrats are playing on "racial fears" in campaign advertising. But are the ads actually unfair--or do they simply talk about issues the corporate media would rather not discuss?

    Nonvoters Are People Too

    Tue, 10/28/2014 - 17:50
    When pundits talk about what 'the public' thinks in an election season, remember that they're not really talking about the whole public.

    The Washington Post's Putinology

    Tue, 10/28/2014 - 15:14
    The Russian president delivered a conspiratorial, factually challenged rant against the United States, according to the Washington Post. So why can't they point to any evidence?

    NYT Tried to Sell 'Pro-Growth' Candidate, but Brazilians Weren't Buying

    Mon, 10/27/2014 - 17:23
    The New York Times' James Stewart made clear which side we should be rooting for in the Brazilian presidential elections: the side that lost.

    ABC's 'Middle Ground' on Climate Change: Who Knows?

    Mon, 10/27/2014 - 15:31
    A more evasive kind of climate change denial isn't really a "middle ground."

    FAIR TV: Ebola & Washington 'Dysfunction,' Rand Paul's Record and Silencing Mumia

    Fri, 10/24/2014 - 17:38
    On this week's episode: Pundits say now would be a great time to have a surgeon general–but that hasn't happened, thanks to "Washington dysfunction." Is that really what's happening here? Plus Time magazine promotes Rand Paul, and says his critics–like MSNBC's Rachel Maddow–are unfairly tarnishing his record. And we'll take a look at the new law in Pennsylvania that attempts to silence prisoners like Mumia Abu-Jamal. It's a blatant assault on the First Amendment. So where's the press? Watch:

    The Big Problem With Time's Teacher-Bashing Cover Story

    Fri, 10/24/2014 - 14:26
    Time's teacher-bashing cover story buries the lead--and somehow neglected to talk to any teachers.

    Chuck Todd, Militarism and Media Diversity

    Thu, 10/23/2014 - 14:18
    Chuck Todd wants to make Meet the Press more diverse--but he doesn't appear willing to try all that hard.

    A New Way to Silence Mumia Abu-Jamal

    Wed, 10/22/2014 - 14:24
    The state of Pennsylvania wants to silence Mumia Abu-Jamal--and just past a blatantly unconstitutional new law that is an attack on press freedom. Where's the media outrage?

    A 'Worthless and Whiny' Attack on a Genuine Journalistic Hero

    Tue, 10/21/2014 - 16:11
    The Washington Post was one of the major newspapers to attack Gary Webb for his revelations about the CIA-backed Contras and the crack epidemic. It's 2014, and they're still at it.

    How to Drive a Colleague to His Grave and Sleep Easy at Night

    Tue, 10/21/2014 - 13:46
    Ryan Grim's new book sheds new light on the establishment media's 1996 effort to discredit Gary Webb's Contra crack revelations by talking to some of the key players. They sleep very well, they want you to know.

    When 'Washington Is Broken' Isn't the Story

    Mon, 10/20/2014 - 22:17
    The United States does not have a surgeon general because Washington works--for the gun lobby.

    Pointless 2016 Election Journalism, 2014 Edition

    Mon, 10/20/2014 - 17:28
    Trying to cover the 2016 presidential election based on a poll in 2014 is a waste of time.

    'Clipboard Man' Shows Media Figures Didn't Get the Memo About Ebola Transmission

    Fri, 10/17/2014 - 23:13
    The story of "Clipboard Man" created a panicky sensation on Wednesday, and shined a light on the media's failure to inform us about the danger Ebola actually poses to the average American.

    FAIR TV: ABC's Factcheck Fail, Chuck Todd's DQ, and Malala's Message

    Fri, 10/17/2014 - 17:55
    ABC botches an easy ISIS factcheck, and NBC's Chuck Todd "disqualifies" a Senate candidate who gave an iffy response to a trivial question. Plus Malala Yousafzai wins the Nobel Peace Prize--but US media doesn't seem interested in her peace message.

    A Most Interesting Man: Did Maddow Really 'Tar' Rand Paul on Civil Rights?

    Fri, 10/17/2014 - 17:44
    The new issue of Time magazine declares Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul the most interesting man in politics. Maybe that says something about Time, or about the state of American politics.

    And by 'Traditional Voters,' the New York Times Means White People

    Thu, 10/16/2014 - 13:00
    For a piece that is crafted around the idea that white Democratic votes are really in play, it would have been helpful to point to some numbers--though it wouldn't have much helped the piece. I