How Media Spread CIA’s Sectarian, Anti-Iran ‘Mideast Cold War’ Narrative

A new Vox video (7/17/17) is the latest addition to a media onslaught that propagates numerous misleading talking points  to demonize Iran—just as the US government, under Donald Trump’s vehemently anti-Iran administration, is ratcheting up aggression against that country. The 10-minute film, titled “The Middle East’s Cold War, Explained,” is a textbook example of how…

WaPo Worships Principled, Humanitarian McCain That’s Never Existed

The Washington Post urges “Washington and the world beyond…to absorb the example that Mr. McCain sets every day.” In a fawning editorial Saturday (7/22/17), pillar of the national security establishment Washington Post fell over itself to commend a John McCain that never existed, instead lavishing praise on a well-curated PR facsimile developed over decades. After…

Reuters vs. UN Cancer Agency: Are Corporate Ties Influencing Science Coverage?

Ever since they classified the world’s most widely used herbicide as “probably carcinogenic to humans,” a team of international scientists at the World Health Organization’s cancer research group have been under withering attack by the agrichemical industry and its surrogates. In a front-page series titled “The Monsanto Papers,” the French newspaper Le Monde (6/1/17) described…

Corporate Media Largely Silent on Trump’s Civilian Death Toll in Iraq

Amnesty International’s report on the plight of civilians in Mosul, where ISIS “has systematically moved them into zones of conflict, used them as human shields and prevented them from escaping to safety,” while they “have also been subjected to relentless and unlawful attacks by Iraqi government forces and members of the US-led coalition.” Earlier this…

While Attacks in Israel Make Headlines, Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza Ignored

A Palestinian girl in Gaza looks out the window of her partially destroyed home. (photo: UNICEF) The recent acute humanitarian crisis in Gaza—on top of the routine humanitarian crisis that defines everyday existence there—has gotten sparse coverage in US media over the past three weeks. Israeli officials have cut off electricity to almost 2 million…

NPR’s ‘Varied Mix’ Spotlights Right-Wing Advocacy, Not Progressive Populism

Jonah Goldberg: “No liberal commentator has had such a recurring platform,” according to NPR‘s ombud. Jonah Goldberg is the founding editor of the National Review Online, a fellow at the right-wing American Enterprise think tank, and a widely distributed conservative columnist. He first gained the spotlight, and began writing for National Review, in 1998, when…

Jack Shaheen, Vital Critic of Denigrating Images

Jack Shaheen (1935-2017) Media depictions of Arabs and Muslims as backward and violent pollute the minds of many and help fuel continuing militarism in the Mideast by the US government. The critical importance of those denigrating images and stereotypes was what made Jack Shaheen’s work so vital. A longtime FAIR friend, Jack died on Monday….

Stigma Over Solutions

Four Democratic senators held a press conference on June 15 to highlight what the passage of the American Health Care Act (aka Trumpcare) would do for the opiate crisis. The conference came just days after a report showed overdoses are now the leading cause of death among Americans under 50 (New York Times, 6/5/17), and…

After 1,379 Days, NYT Corrects Bogus Claim Iran ‘Sponsored’ 9/11

One of the articles in which the New York Times claimed Iran “sponsored” 9/11. In its reporting on a dubious lawsuit alleging Iranian meta-involvement in 9/11, the New York Times badly misunderstood the case and maintained for more than three years, in the paper of record, that the government of Iran “sponsored” the September 11,…

As Democratic Voters Shift Left, ‘Liberal Media’ Keep Shifting Right

In the past few years, the Democratic Party’s rank and file have shifted left on major issues. From healthcare to legalization of drugs to taxes, the heart of the party has grown more progressive—and, in many instances, overtly socialist in nature. Forty-seven percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents now identify as both socially liberal and…

Should Media Expose Sources Who Lied to Them?

CNN (6/27/17) reported the retraction of a Trump/Russia story, but the original is no longer available to see what CNN‘s source had claimed. If an anonymous source knowingly and maliciously feeds a media outlet false information, should they continue to be granted anonymity? If media continue to protect the deceptive source’s identity, doesn’t that ensure…

‘Let’s Get Back to Russia’: Media’s Interest in Narrowing the Trump Story

James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas released a heavily edited video on Tuesday that quoted CNN health producer John Bonifield expressing skepticism about his network’s priorities. Despite O’Keefe’s well-deserved reputation for sleaze, lies and deceptive editing, the video does show a continuous shot of Bonifield complaining about his network’s insistence on continually pushing the did-Trump-collude-with-Putin? scandal to…

Tom Friedman Mourns a Trade Deal He Doesn’t Understand

Thomas Friedman in the New York Times (6/28/17): “It is hard to think of anything more stupid.” Thomas Friedman, who is legendary for his boldly stated wrong assertions, got into the game again, making absurd claims (6/28/17) about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the great loss the US suffers from its going down. Friedman tells…

Corbyn Defied Media Rules by Linking UK Wars to Terrorism

When a terrorist killed 22 at a May 22 concert filled with young people in England’s Manchester, most journalists—especially US ones—assumed it would help the struggling Conservative Party and its standard-bearer, Prime Minister Theresa May, win the snap election she had called for June 8, just 17 days ahead. The New York Times (5/24/17) thought…