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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.
Todd's critics are upset by the failure of journalism act as a check on government power, and to process-style political journalism that crowds out reporting on issues of actual substance.
The New York Times reports that Chris Christie is consulting with the likes of Henry Kissinger and Condoleezza Rice to get past a previous foreign policy problem: saying something completely accurate about Israel.
USA Today's August 29 edition boasted the front-page headline "More Want US to Flex Muscle." The evidence comes from a new Pew poll, so it's worth noting how that data is transformed into a desire for US "muscle-flexing."
The Washington Post stands firm against Russian aggression, since Putin has violated an "international norm" that is "uncontroversial." Do those rules apply to the US, though?
On the show this week: On the day of his funeral, the New York Times declared that Michael Brown was "no angel." We look at that and other shoddy reporting from Ferguson. Plus Newsweek spreads farfetched fear about Ebola and African immigrants, and we look at how often union leaders appear on the Sunday chat shows. (Brace yourself.)
The Newspaper of Record wants you to know that you shouldn't trust Twitter's coverage of Ferguson. But their examples of inaccuracies aren't all that convincing
Newsweek's cover story is built around the idea that illegally imported "bushmeat"--what we would call "wild game" if it were being eaten in the United States--could carry the deadly Ebola virus. But is there any evidence that imported meat could actually carry Ebola? On that score, Newsweek comes up empty.
A new study has some outlets saying that social media inhibit debate. You want to compare Twitter's record to the corporate media on that score?
The paper's editorial page has a new focus on fighting climate change. But will it keep publishing climate nonsense?
Obama's foreign policy is invariably analyzed as being either foolishly pacifistic or prudently diplomatic. The reality that the Obama administration has used military force on a large scale in many countries is not acknowledged.
The New York Times makes some curious choices in its coverage of the victim in the Ferguson, Missouri, police shooting.
The message from the NY Times: Police officers who shoot unarmed civilians need to be be given the benefit of the doubt.
Israel's war on Gaza is still going on, with a round of airstrikes that killed dozens this week. And how was this reported in the New York Times? As Hamas breaking a cease-fire agreement.
Watching coverage of the unrest in Ferguson on CNN last night (8/18/14), I was struck at the actual journalism I was treated to by CNN's Jake Tapper. It's not every day corporate media is awestruck by the heavy-handedness of a militarized attack on civilians on US soil. But such was the case for Tapper, who was nearly hit by a tear gas canister fired by police. Things escalated to the point where Tapper began to legitimately question the police's actions. His assertion that the over-the-top show of force by Ferguson police " doesn't make any sense" was a reasonable assessment […]