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Domestic Terror Story Gets Media Cold Shoulder–Guess Why

Sat, 01/25/2014 - 11:44
It's hard not to think back on previous undercovered terrorism stories and conclude that if suspects in this story were Muslims, and their alleged targets Christians or Jews, it would have dominated our media world for the past several months.

FAIR TV: Snowden on Sunday TV, New Pundits, USA Today on Fracking's Riches

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 20:15
Everyone seems to agree that Edward Snowden started an important debate over NSA surveillance. But on the Sunday chat shows, debate isn't what you're likely to see. And CNN and CBS add new contributors--but are they opening up or closing the discussion? Plus: USA Today cheers on the fracking boom in Texas.

Beck: Media Shocked to Find He Isn't 'Anti-Gay, Racist Nutjob'

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 19:28
"I played a role...in helping tear the country apart," Glenn Beck says. Indeed--not just from his time at Fox, but from years of talk radio broadcasts, and a stint at CNN's Headline News--not to mention his work at his current outlet, The Blaze.

Snowden Is a Janitor Working for the Russians

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 18:39
If lawmakers are making unfounded allegations about a whistleblower, and those allegations are being repeated across the media, one might think the real problem is with a media culture.

O'Reilly Brings You Stories Big Media Won't Touch!

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 22:05
Bill O'Reilly wanted to make clear that the Factor brings viewers some perspectives missing from the bland, liberal newscasts. Let's look at the episode where he made this claim to see what he might be talking about.

TV Hires That Keep the Debate Narrow

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:32
Corporate media aren't looking to expand the debate on important issues. They're interested in keeping things as narrow as they already are.

Bill O'Reilly Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 20:06
Bill O'Reilly's message on Martin Luther King Jr. Day was that blacks "have a much tougher time succeeding in the marketplace" because they don't "study and work hard."

Erasing Obama's Record on the Afghan War

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 19:57
In focusing on how Obama might end the Afghan War--which hasn't ended, of course--media accounts omit the fact that Obama massively increased the number of US troops in Afghanistan

Journalists Grade US Schools: Average Is Failure

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 16:48
Newsweek says American schools get a D-minus. But do the numbers add up?

It's Sunday and It's Snowden

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 16:12
It's Sunday, and that means time for the network chat shows to present one-sided discussions about the NSA, Edward Snowden and mass surveillance.

FAIR TV: Christie's Temper, CBS on France, Time's Clinton Cover

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 19:13
This week on the show: Does Chris Christie have a temper problem? Fox's Brit Hume has some thoughts. CBS covers French politics–well, mostly a French politician's sex life. And Time puts Hillary Clinton's nonexistent presidential campaign on its latest cover.  Watch: 

NYT: The Center Is Right in France

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 18:47
Are "economic experts" really gratified by French President Francois Hollande's economic policy ideas? The New York Times cites one, but it's not hard to find other economists who offer a very different take.

USA Today: Fracking Makes You Rich! (And Also Maybe Sick, Too)

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 20:49
USA Today touts Texans striking it rich in the oil/gas business--"OIL!" is the front-page headline, and that captures the tone of the piece.

Zakaria's Fantastic Economic Advice

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 15:57
CNN's Fareed Zakaria-- with an assist from the Wall Street Journal--divided Latin American economies into winners and losers. But does it all add up?

Can We Persuade CBS to Abandon Its Inaccurate Rhetoric on Iran?

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 16:49
CBS's Major Garrett says "the next big step" is "persuading Iran to abandon its nuclear weapons program entirely"--but it's never been established that Iran has a nuclear weapons program to abandon.

An American Reporter in Paris

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 16:18
It's odd that CBS went to an American living in France for a sense of how the French feel about their president's personal life. But perhaps that was because the French mostly don't think it's an issue.

Chris Christie's Real Problem? Our 'Feminized' Culture

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 17:51
On the question of whether or not Christie is a bully, veteran Fox pundit Brit Hume blamed that perception on our "feminized atmosphere."

How the Big Papers Remember Ariel Sharon

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 18:10
Reading the pieces in the Sunday editions of the New York Times and the Washington Post about the death of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, one gets the sense that reporters were aware of some of Sharon's bloodiest history--but mostly kept that out of their accounts of his life.

FAIR TV: Misremembering Fallujah, CNN Climate 'Balance,' Discussing the Left Without the Left

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 18:18
Media are remembering Fallujah--but what are they forgetting? The CNN debate show Crossfire gives viewers false balance on climate change, and ABC's This Week talks about the "resurgent left"--without much input from the left.

Wait–Chris Christie Might Be a Vindictive Bully?!

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 17:43
Some of the recent coverage of Republican New Jersey governor seems genuinely surprised that the bullying, partisan politician might be... well, bullying and partisan.


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