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FAIR's new Action Alert (8/18/14) calls out the New York Times for not covering a major Amnesty International report on US torture–shortly after the paper announced a new policy of calling torture by its right name. If you send a message to the Times, please leave a copy in the comments thread to this post. UPDATE: New York Times Responds on Torture (8/21/14)
Some good--and not so good--media reactions to the police killing of Michael Brown. Plus pundits wonder what took Obama so long to bomb Iraq, and two papers try to raise doubts about the death toll in Gaza.
It would be wonderful if more Republicans--and, for that matter, more Democrats--were speaking out about police abuses and related issues. But treating one lawmaker's op-ed as a sign of a fundamental shift on the right seems a bit of an overreach.
USA Today's original headline: "Police Seek Order as Ferguson Furor Builds."
The surprise has been the extent to which some media seem to be taking the outcry seriously, talking about the militarization of police--brought home by the rough treatment given to reporters--and the criminalization of black people.
Greenwald called the NPR report "a pure and indisputable case of journalistic malpractice and deceit." It's hard to say he doesn't have a point.
When it comes to the death toll in Gaza, the Washington Post and New York Times both work hard to muddy up the picture.
More US bombing is a message corporate media are eager to amplify.
Ten years later, the New York Times will call torture by its name. But does the paper's reasoning make any sense?
FAIR TV: How US TV Treats Palestinian Guests, Africa Expert Michael Bloomberg, Correcting a NY Times Correction
This week's show: Palestinian guests are asked to condemn Hamas. Do Israeli guests face similar treatment? Plus CBS goes to Michael Bloomberg for Africa analysis and the New York Times publishes a correction that makes a bigger mistake the article it was correcting. Watch:
If a poll of a country's population excludes 20 percent of the people who live there, journalists should make that clear.
African leaders are in DC for a big summit, so CBS Face the Nation turns to noted Africa expert...Michael Bloomberg?