Media Advisory: Heading to War With Syria By Peter Hart

27 August 2013 — FAIR Blog

Horrific scenes of dead and injured civilians in Syria have been a part of the conflict there over the past several years, but the reports of a chemical attack of some sort last week in the Damascus suburb of eastern Ghouta have led U.S. policymakers and the Obama White House to threaten to attack in a matter of days.

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Media Advisory: Defining Drone Deaths in Yemen

13 August 2013 — FAIR Blog

Media present dubious official claims as fact

The United States has reportedly carried out nine drone attacks in the last few weeks in Yemen, generating headlines about the targeting and killing of suspected Al-Qaeda militants in the impoverished country.

But how can media know for sure who is being killed?

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Media Advisory: Syria Skepticism – Chemical claims should be investigated, not used as pretext for war

6 May 2013 — FAIR Blog

U.S. suggestions that the Syrian government could have used chemical weapons have been treated as fact by some media outlets, and are helping to fuel the case for greater U.S. military involvement. But subsequent reporting has called into question these early, credulous reports–and highlighted the continuing media failure to treat WMD claims with the skepticism they deserve.

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Moderate Debates and Debate Moderators

3 October 2012Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting

Media Advisory

Debate process needs more scrutiny, not less

Jim Lehrer is hopping mad. The New York Times (10/2/12) reports that the PBS anchor “has been seething. He said he was outraged by suggestions that he was a ‘safe’ and uninspired choice to moderate the first of four debates.”

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FAIR Media Advisory: Occupy the P.U.-litzers!

27 December 2011 — Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting

This year has given us simply too many worthy contenders for FAIR’s annual P.U.-litzers—recognizing the stinkiest journalism of the year. A big part of the problem was that so many outlets were striving to distinguish themselves with especially awful coverage of the Occupy Wall Street movement. So to note those lowlights, we bring you a special installment of P.U.-litzers: The OWS edition.

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Media Advisory: Iran, Nukes and the Failure of Skepticism

16 November 2011 — Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting

Iraq all over again?

Much of the corporate media coverage of a new UN report on Iran strongly asserts that Iran is close to building nuclear weapons. But the International Atomic Energy Agency report does not actually arrive at that conclusion, and many critics contend that the speculations that are in the report are misguided.

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Media Advisory: Libyan Deaths, Media Silence – Were Dozens Killed in Majer NATO Airstrikes?

18 August 2011 — Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting

Allegations of Libyan civilian deaths as a result of NATO bombing have often been covered in the corporate media as an opportunity to scoff at the Gadhafi regime’s unconvincing propaganda (FAIR Blog, 6/9/11). But dramatic new allegations that dozens of civilians were killed in Majer after NATO airstrikes on August 8 have been met with near-total media silence.

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FAIR Media Advisory: Defining ‘Withdrawal’ From Afghanistan

23 June 2011 — FAIR

Media’s selective memory on Obama escalations

Barack Obama’s June 22 announcement of a phased troop withdrawal from Afghanistan was often portrayed as a major step towards ending the war, with many outlets neglecting to accurately explain the pace of escalation that has happened under his watch.

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