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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.
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 calls pro-worker activists protesting Wal-Mart "party poopers."
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.
In their Bowe Bergdahl coverage, some media outlets are stoking fears about freed Guantanamo prisoners 'returning to the battlefield.'
Andrew Cuomo is a 'centrist' politician--meaning one who promotes unpopular policies on behalf of the very rich.
The New York Times clearly has a hunch about deep Russian involvement in Ukraine. The ways it tries to confirm this hunch are curious.
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.
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:
Before NBC aired its Edward Snowden special, its evening newscast presented a lengthy report presenting the case against the NSA whistleblower.
FAIR's latest Action Alert (5/28/14) urges media activists to call out CNN for basing a climate change report around one guest: right-wing climate change denier Ann Coulter. If you write to CNN, please share a copy of your message in the comments below.
The New York Times tries--a little too hard--to convince readers that Jeb Bush is brainier than his brother.
NPR tells listeners that Obama has cut troop levels in Afghanistan by two-thirds--but doesn't explain that he massively escalated the war.
The TV networks fail to note US hypocrisy in Chinese spying indictments. Climate change is missing from California fire reports. And NBC's "real people" are remarkably white and conservative.
The front page of USA Today (5/23/14) blew the whistle on federal workers: They are tax deadbeats who owe billions in back taxes. The story also revealed that they owe less than most people. Confused?
US TV networks played up the FBI's economic espionage charges against China--without mentioning that the NSA does something very similar.
As we've noted before, some of CNN's previous climate coverage has involved putting climate deniers on Crossfire. But this is actually worse.
Pundit David Brooks thinks the way to fix American democracy is by having less democracy. Let elites dictate policy and have pundits cheer them on!
Extreme drought, extreme heat and extremely devastating wildfires in Southern California are big news for TV journalists. But don't mention climate change.
An NBC series tries to introduce viewers to the America that isn't much covered in the news. But it's a remarkably narrow vision of the country.