An ‘Informal Arrangement’ to Not Report the News By Peter Hart


6 February 2013FAIR Blog

Today the Washington Post  (2/6/13) reported some news that it’s known for years, but had decided not tell us until now: The CIA has a drone base in Saudi Arabia.

Their rationale for withholding this information was simple: The government didn’t want them to. And from what the Post is telling us today, they weren’t the only ones.

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NYT, SOPA and Internet Factchecking

19 January 2012 — Fairness & Accuracy In ReportingToday

Remember last week’s uproar about the New York Times and factchecking? In today’s paper, we see a great example of how this works.

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New York Times Finds Noam Chomsky Fit to Print

22 December 2011 — Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting

Left-wing activist and author Noam Chomsky is in the New York Times today:

The American linguist Noam Chomsky, a prominent source of intellectual inspiration for President Hugo Chávez, made a new appeal on Wednesday for the release of María Lourdes Afiuni, a judge arrested two years ago by the secret intelligence police.

If you find it a little surprising that Chomsky’s views on international affairs would be reported in the Paper of Record, and if you’d be inclined to believe the Times finds his views newsworthy only because Chomsky is criticizing Chavez (which they’ve done before)… well, you might  not be the only one. Here’s what Chomsky said about it to the Guardian:

Despite his appeal for Afiuni’s release, Chomsky has been critical of the media’s coverage of the case. On Wednesday he suggested the case had received so much media attention only ‘because Venezuela is an official enemy’ [of the United States]. ‘I am involved in these appeals all the time but I get no calls unless it is an enemy of the US,’ Chomsky said. ‘This is more a comment on the media than on the case.’

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Tom Friedman Not Sucking It on Iraq War

21 December 2011 — Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting

Today New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman (12/21/11) gives readers a sense of what the Iraq War was all about: Continue reading this...

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Now It Can Be Told: Libyan Civilian Deaths

19 December 2011 — Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting

The Sunday New York Times (12/18/11) featured a powerful investigation of civilian casualties resulting from the NATO war in Libya–casualties that, to hear NATO officials tell it, maybe don’t even exist.

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The Anti-Empire Report By William Blum: US Might is Right

1 November 1st, 2011 —

It doesn’t matter to them if it’s untrue. It’s a higher truth.

“We came, we saw, he died.”
US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton,
giggling, as she spoke of the depraved murder of Moammar Gaddafi

Imagine Osama bin Laden or some other Islamic leader speaking of 9-11: “We came, we saw, 3,000 died … ha- ha.”

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The execution of Gaddafi and the attempted humiliation of Africa By Horace Campbell

27 October 2011 — Pambazuka News – The execution of Gaddafi and the attempted humiliation of Africa

Horace Campbell reconstructs ‘the decision at the highest levels’ to execute Libya’s Colonel Gaddafi and considers ‘the urgency for organising to oppose the remilitarisation of Africa.’

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Have Corporate Media Warmed to Occupy Wall Street?

18 October 2011 — Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting

Media coverage of the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) protests started out exactly as one might expect. There was little coverage at first (FAIR Action Alert, 9/23/11), and as it expanded, much of it consisted of snide dismissals of demonstrators’ ignorance, hygiene and so on.

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America’s Secret Empire of Drone Bases: Its Full Extent Revealed for the First Time By Nick Turse

17 October 2011 — Greanville PostAlterNet and TomDispatch

us-drone.jpgTHEY INCREASINGLY DOT THE PLANET. There’s a facility outside Las Vegas where ‘pilots’ work in climate-controlled trailers, another at a dusty camp in Africa formerly used by the French Foreign Legion, a third at a big air base in Afghanistan where Air Force personnel sit in front of multiple computer screens, and a fourth that almost no one talks about at an air base in the United Arab Emirates.

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NYPD Cops entrap protestors to arrest them

2 October 2011 —

The ‘paper of record’ rewrites the record and shifts the blame


New York Times Reports On Libya Ethnic Cleansing of Black People Months Later

14 September 2011 — Black Star News

[According to Black Star News, after this editorial was published last week, the site went down.]

‘Today, at around noon, we finally accessed the website. As a matter of course, I quickly reviewed the site. Everything seemed fine….except, the main editorial, under the headline “New York Times Reports On Libya Ethnic Cleansing of Black People Months Later,” had been deleted!

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NYT Points Out ‘Racist Overtones’ in Libyan Disinformation It Helped Spread By Peter Hart

24 August 2011 — Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting

Today’s New York Times has a story by David Kirkpatrick and Rod Norland running down the exaggerations and misinformation that have been spread throughout the Libya War. There’s been ‘spin from all sides,’ they report. Gadhafi’s exaggerations are well-known, but this passage is rather striking: Continue reading this...

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As Economy Crumbles, Media Goes into Ritual Politics Mode: What is Michelle Bachmann wearing? By Danny Schechter

15 August 2011 — News Dissector

And so it came to pass, as predicted, projected, and warned about, that the economy is about to tank again. No less an authority than Nouriel Roubini, once dismissed as “Dr. Doom” for his accurate predictions of the financial crisis in 2007 and 20088, is shaking his head and pointing his finger again.

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New York Times stands by Ethan Bronner’s Facebook fabrications By Ali Abunimah

13 July 2011 — Electronic Intifada

Ethan Bronner speaks at UVSC, on Flickr
Ethan Bronner

Ethan Bronner speaks at UVSC

The New York Times has told The Electronic Intifada it stands fully behind an article by its Jerusalem bureau chief Ethan Bronner despite compelling evidence that the article contains fabrications, misleading statements, and gross exaggerations.

In a series of emails between The Electronic Intifada and The New York Times foreign editor Susan Chira, the newspaper defended the article and denied that any corrections or clarifications were required. This is despite the fact that additional data presented by The Electronic Intifada shows that the central premise of the article is false.

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