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What Will 2016 Political Landscape Look Like? USA Today Has No Clue

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 22:33
Because it is a mere 1,000 days until the election, USA Today's Susan Page tries to predict the 2016 presidential campaign.

What DC Won't See Tonight on Public TV

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 18:38
A timely documentary about government surveillance of the civil rights movement is airing on PBS stations tonight--but not in Washington DC.

Do Respectable Journalists Want to Be Associated With Bill Keller?

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 14:39
A Daily Beast piece wonders whether journalists don't want to work with Jeremy Scahill and Glenn Greenwald because they're very critical of corporate journalism.

FAIR TV: Keystone Bipartisanship, ABC's 'Average' 401K, O'Reilly's Trust Problem

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 18:07
Big-time journalists think Obama should approve the Keystone pipeline to show that he wants to make Republicans happy. ABC tells us about an "average" family's 401K plan--which isn't average at all. And Fox host Bill O'Reilly says he's trustworthy--take his word for it.

You Won't Believe What They Let the President Do in France

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 16:33
Time's story on French President Francois Hollande is a lengthy, rather predictable argument that his turn to the right is a good idea. But it was hard to get past the very first sentence.

News You Can't Use: ABC and Your 401K

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 23:33
Once again, ABC explains the news by focusing on a 'typical family' and their 401k account. But most families have no such thing.

USA Today and SodaStream: Illegal Settlements Are a Matter of Opinion

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 13:59
USA Today calls the West Bank "a region...on Israel's eastern border" and fails to explain that the Israeli settlements there violate international law.

Is Cannabis More Dangerous Than Alcohol? Let's Ask Bigfoot

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 21:00
Alex Berezow, a regular contributor to USA Today's opinion page, is the editor of Real Clear Science and the author of Science Left Behind. So you would expect that when he addresses Barack Obama's recent remarks about cannabis, he would bring a scientific perspective to them. Well--kind of.

Falsely Presenting Obamacare as a Job-Killer

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 15:53
When the Congressional Budget Office released a new report about the Affordable Care Act, some in the media botched the story by portraying the news as a triumph for Republican spin.

CVS Tobacco Ban: Money Over Morality Over Money

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 14:27
Maybe when you're selling drugs for more than four or five times what some of your for-profit competitors are charging, you can afford to "sacrifice."

Do You Trust Fox News to Tell You How Trusted Fox News Is?

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 18:55
Fox News is certainly the place for Republicans to go to be told what they want to hear--including that their favorite news outlet is the one that Americans in general find most trustworthy.

Obama's Keystone Moment: Will He Finally Be Nice to Republicans?

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 15:54
NBC news personalities Chuck Todd and David Gregory wondered if Obama would seize the Keystone XL decision as an important historical moment. Not to take a stand against climate change and the burning of untapped fossil fuels--but to do something Republicans might like.

FAIR TV: Bipartisan Food Stamp Cuts, the 'Real' Romney and the Terror Trial Media Skipped

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 17:34
Food stamp cuts are an encouraging sign of bipartisanship, according to some media accounts. And journalists are fascinated by the "real" Mitt Romney. Plus a domestic terror trial that's not getting much press attention--perhaps because the terror suspects aren't Muslims.

NYT Most Interested in Kids US Killed if US Might Not Have Killed Them

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 13:51
New York Times journalists do not like being lied to. Unless it's their own government doing the lying; then they tend to be more forgiving.

Kurt Cobain on FAIR: 'Tries to Expose the Truths'

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 13:03
Kurt Cobain called FAIR "an underground leftist organization that tries to expose the truths," saying we had "been working for years to expose a lot of injustices." Cobain said this in August 1993, when he, with Nirvana bandmates Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl, were interviewed by a German music journalist (8/10/93). We just found out about the interview this week, when a friend pointed out to us a video of the interview that was posted on YouTube (12/11/13) last month. That link should take you to the middle of the video, where Cobain and Novoselic discuss FAIR as an example […]

The State of AP's Factchecking Is Sad–as Usual

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 18:37
Why does AP still let Calvin Woodward "factcheck" political speeches? Does no one at the news service know what actual factchecking looks like? (If you're coming in late, see FAIR Blog, 10/30/08, 2/25/09, 4/30/09, 1/28/10, 8/31/12.) Woodward's latest venture (1/29/14) into the factcheck genre, following President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech,  produced  yet more illustrations of what not to do when gauging the accuracy of political speech. Take this item: OBAMA: "We'll need Congress to protect more than 3 million jobs by finishing transportation and waterways bills this summer. But I will act on my own to slash […]

Pete Seeger: 'It's Hard for Me to Talk About the Media Without Getting Angry'

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 15:15
"If the United States or the world goes down in disaster, I would blame the media first of all, because the people running it are intelligent people."

The Real Mitt Romney Should Have Run for President!

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 16:25
The documentary Mitt is causing many journalists to wonder why the Mitt Romney in the film wasn't the one who ran for president. It's a bit like asking why drinking a particular brand of beer doesn't make you as popular with attractive strangers as the beer ads promised.

AP Distorts Poll to Support Obama's Inequality Dodge

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 13:02
It's hard to remember a better time for politicians to talk about the issue of income inequality. But according to the Associated Press (1/24/14), Barack Obama's State of the Union address will attempt to shift away that issue–too divisive, apparently–and opt instead for some discussion of economic opportunity. As Jim Kuhnhenn writes: The adjustment reflects an awareness that Obama's earlier language put him at risk of being perceived as divisive and exposed him to criticism that his rhetoric was exploiting the gap between haves and have-nots. He also noted:  Obama's December speech was well received by Democrats and liberals, but […]

Richard Sherman's Winning Rant

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 12:34
An interesting thing happened the last few days: A football player was attacked by the same, predictable racism that athletes usually have to endure when they speak out…and he won. Well, he won the game. His team, the Seattle Seahawks, are going to the Super Bowl and (despite a $7,875 fine from the National Football League) an epic post-game rant might net him millions in endorsements. Richard Sherman's words sent football fans running to social media to voice their approval and disapproval. The disapproval, not surprisingly, was soaked in racism. Deadspin (1/19/14), a sports-oriented blog, chronicled some of the Net's […]


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