FAIR TV: Snowden & Hayden, Pro-Equality ‘Bias,’ Climate Coverage By Peter Hart

6 July 2013 — FAIR Blog

Bob Schieffer (photo: CSIS)

Bob Schieffer

On FAIR TV this week: CBS covers the Edward Snowden and the NSA scandal by asking Bush-era NSA chief Michael Hayden for help. And NPR wonders if media coverage of marriage equality is too tilted in favor of… equality? Plus network TV doesn’t cover Obama’s climate speech–but the fake newscast at Comedy Central does.

Continue reading this...

Schieffer Hopes the Government Will Explain Its Secret Spying Program to Him By Peter Hart

2 July 2013 — FAIR Blog

schieffer-haydenThis weekend CBS Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer (6/30/13) did a segment on the latest revelations about NSA surveillance. And who better to interview than… well, the former head of the NSA and CIA, Michael Hayden.

Continue reading this...

The Media Didn’t Fail on Iraq; Iraq Just Showed We Have a Failed Media By Jim Naureckas

25 March 2013 — FAIR Blog

Paul Farhi
Paul Farhi

The headline on a story (3/22/13) by Washington Post media reporter Paul Farhi:

On Iraq, Journalists Didn’t Fail. They Just Didn’t Succeed.

To make that case, though, he has to redefine “failure” so far down that it’s hardly possible to avoid failing.

Continue reading this...

Category: Iraq, Media | LEAVE A COMMENT

Media Advisory: Media and the Keystone March

19 February 2013 — FAIR Blog

Little coverage of large climate action

Tens of thousands of climate activists marched in Washington D.C.on February 17. Did the corporate media notice them?

The main focus for the activists was the White House’s pending decision on the Keystone pipeline, a project that would deliver tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada, to U.S. refineries on the Gulf of Mexico. The activists argue that the carbon-intensive project would only exacerbate the climate crisis, helping to extract and burn some 170 billion barrels of oil, not to mention threatening other environmental catastrophes in Canada and the United States. 

Continue reading this...

When ‘Confirmed’ Means ‘An Official Told Me So’ By Peter Hart

5 February 2013 — FAIR Blog

On January 30, reports emerged that Israel had carried out an airstrike on Syrian targets near Damascus. Much of the initial reporting took Israel’s claims at face value, though it appeared impossible to confirm that the story was true.


Continue reading this...

Category: Media, Syria | LEAVE A COMMENT

Hugo Chavez: Why Does He Hate Us? By Peter Hart

11 January 2013 — FAIR Blog

If there’s one thing media want you to know about Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, it’s that he doesn’t like the United States.  On the PBS NewsHour (1/10/13), Ray Suarez told viewers that Chavez 

antagonized Washington, it seemed, whenever he could, forging friendships with Iran‘s Mahmoud Abbas, Syria‘s embattled Bashar al-Assad, and he formed an especially close bond with Cuban Presidents Fidel and Raul Castro. 

On the CBS Evening News (1/8/13), Scott Pelley said: “Chavez has made a career out of bashing the United States and allied himself with Iran and Syria.”

While it’s hard to say Chavez has made a “career” out of U.S.-bashing–he does have, after all, a full-time job as president of Venezuela–you, too, might be excused for harboring some hard feelings towards a government that helped to try to overthrow your own. Which may be why U.S. reports rarely bring up the 2002 coup attempt–and when they do, treat Washington’s involvement in it as another nutty Chavez conspiracy theory.

Continue reading this...

Wikileaks/Bradley Manning Newslinks 10 January 2013

10 January 2013 williambowles.info


WikiLeaks case likened to Civil War espionage


FORT MEADE, Md. — Prosecutors are using a Civil War court-martial to advance their case that an Army private charged with sending hundreds of thousands of classified documents to the secret-spilling website WikiLeaks aided al-Qaida. Lawyers for Pfc.



Continue reading this...

Bradley Manning/Wikileaks Newslinks 9 January 2013

9 January 2013williambowles.info

Judge refuses to dismiss charges against WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning

Washington Post

A military judge refused Tuesday to toss out the case against WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning but ruled that any sentence the Army private receives should be reduced by 112 days because of his mistreatment in confinement. Manning’s confinement at a …



Continue reading this...

The P.U.-litzer Prizes for 2012

28 December 2012FAIR

Recalling some of the stinkiest media moments of the year

They’re back: The P.U.-litzers, FAIR‘s annual rundown of some of the stinkiest moments in American journalism. As usual, there were more contenders than we could possibly consider. So think of this as just a sampling of the bias, spin and misinformation that we noted over the course of the year.

Without further ado… Continue reading this...

Category: Media | LEAVE A COMMENT

Wikileaks/Bradley Manning Newslinks 8 December 2012

8 December 2012williambowles.info

Brig Chief Denies Punishing GI in WikiLeaks Case

ABC News

A former Marine Corp brig commander says she never intended it as punishment when she ordered underwear removed from an Army private charged with giving classified material to WikiLeaks. Chief Warrant Officer 2 Denise Barnes testified Friday on the …



Continue reading this...

Wikileaks/Bradley Manning Newslinks 6-7 December 2012

7 December 2012williambowles.info

2nd Brig Commander Taking Stand in WikiLeaks Case

ABC News

Testimony in the WikiLeaks case resumes with the second of two Marine Corps brig commanders who ordered strict pretrial confinement of an Army private charged with sending classified information to the anti-secrecy website. Chief Warrant Officer 2 …



Continue reading this...

Turning Their Back on Bradley Manning

4 December 2012 — FAIR

 Whistleblower speaks–but press doesn’t listen

As the alleged source of many of the most vital WikiLeaks reports of the past several years, U.S. Army Private Bradley Manning shed considerable light on how the United States has prosecuted the Iraq and Afghan wars. Other State Department cables reportedly leaked by Manning conveyed vital information about U.S. foreign policy.

Continue reading this...

Bradley Manning Newslinks 30 November 2012

30 November 2012


Bradley Manning Speaks Publicly for First…

ABC News

Private First Class Bradley Manning, the American soldier accused of leaking hundreds of thousands of classified and confidential military and diplomatic documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, took the stand in a military court today to make …



Continue reading this...

FAIR Media Alert: CEO Evening News?

27 November 2012 — Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting

CBS turns to benefit-cutting bosses for ‘fiscal cliff’ commentary

The CBS Evening News has decided the best way to inform viewers about the impending “fiscal cliff” is to let corporate CEOs affiliated with the Fix the Debt campaign recommend cuts to Social Security and Medicare. Continue reading this...

Category: Media, USA | LEAVE A COMMENT