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Israel and NPR: Once a ‘Colony,’ Then a ‘Settlement,’ Now a ‘Neighborhood’

Media watchdog Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting takes exception to a Wednesday segment of “Morning Edition” in which an Israeli columnist is interviewed about occupied territory.

Posted on Oct 10, 2014 READ MORE



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Fact Check: ABC Spreads Fear About Syrian Chemical Weapons

You know you’re on shaky ground when you quote a source like the defense secretary with the words, “He basically said. ...” FAIR’s Peter Hart compares ABC’s lazy quoting on Syrian chemical weapons to the kind of WMD fear mongering that led the U.S. to war with Iraq.

Posted on Jan 29, 2013 READ MORE


What Is the Point of Presidential Debates?

In this Web-exclusive segment from Truthdig Radio, FAIR’s Peter Hart argues that the presidential debates are little more than theater and, “in reality, they don’t have much impact on voters.”

Posted on Oct 9, 2012 READ MORE



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What Is the Point of Presidential Debates?

In this Web-exclusive segment from Truthdig Radio, FAIR’s Peter Hart argues that the presidential debates are about theater and, “in reality, they don’t have much impact on voters.”

Posted on Oct 8, 2012 READ MORE


Media Marvel at Obama’s Move to the Right

With increasing vehemence since the midterm elections, pundits and journalists have recommended Barack Obama move to the right—and now are citing recent polling to suggest that the president has benefited from following their advice.

Posted on Jan 27, 2011 READ MORE



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Wolf Blitzer’s Panic Room

“The Situation Room” is a familiar venue for the kind of hysteria and nonsense that has become the hallmark of television news, so it comes as no surprise that host Wolf Blitzer and a cohort of CNN’s loudest Chicken Littles have declared Social Security at “the final tipping point” and “broke” despite $2.5 trillion in reserves and a bright future.

Posted on Aug 11, 2010 READ MORE


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ACORN ‘Bringing Operations to a Close’

ACORN is closing up shop. On Monday, the national community organizing network announced that it would be winding down its operations and planned to shutter its “remaining state affiliates and field offices” by April 1.

Posted on Mar 22, 2010 READ MORE


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Poking Holes in Fox News’ Mythology of Objectivity

This is certainly a point that has been made before, but the Guardian’s Michael Tomasky performed his own journalistic audit on the U.S.‘s Fox News network, starting with the conservative channel’s overt claims of offering “fair and balanced” news coverage, and finds that it falls short of its mission statement about spin-free reporting. 

Posted on Nov 19, 2007 READ MORE


Down the Memory Hole

The FAIR organization reminds us that Hezbollah’s attacks on Israel, though deplorable, did not spring from a vacuum. Drawing on an Alexander Cockburn column, FAIR notes that within the last two months, Israeli attacks on suspected militants ended up killing almost two dozen innocent Lebanese and Palestinian women and children. (more…)

Posted on Jul 31, 2006 READ MORE


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Vanity Fair: Niger Yellowcake Forgery May Have White House Ties

Vanity Fair’s Craig Unger reports that the Italian Secret Service likely concocted the Saddam-Niger forgery to bolster Bush’s case for war. The article raises questions about the involvement of a prominent White House-connected neocon in the “black ops” campaign.

Posted on Jun 7, 2006 READ MORE


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Tom Friedman’s Elastic Deadlines

The N.Y. Times’ foreign affairs columnist has been saying that “the next six months” in Iraq will be the “decisive” ones—for the last two and a half years. FAIR documents a “long series of similar do-or-die dates that never seem to get any closer.”

Posted on May 18, 2006 READ MORE


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Cheney Travels With Biohazard Suit

That’s one of the revelations about the vice president in a Vanity Fair profile by former N.Y. Times reporter Todd Purdham.

Posted on May 5, 2006 READ MORE


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