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Crying Wolf on Election Fraud Is OK at NYT—if Targets Are Official Enemies

Crying Wolf on Election Fraud Is OK at NYT—if Targets Are Official Enemies

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. .FAIR is the national progressive media watchdog group, challenging corporate media bias, spin and misinformation. We work to invigorate the First Amendment by advocating for greater diversity in the press and by scrutinizing media practices that marginalize public interest, minority and dissenting viewpoints. We expose neglected news stories and defend working journalists when they are muzzled. As a progressive group, we believe that structural reform is ultimately needed to break up the dominant media conglomerates, establish independent public...

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Media Owned by Wealthy Are Quick to Tell You Wealth Taxes Are a Bad Idea

Media Owned by Wealthy Are Quick to Tell You Wealth Taxes Are a Bad Idea

 The coronavirus pandemic has greatly increased in the United States, a key issue in the upcoming presidential election. are currently looking for the Democrats, many of whom have been murmuring about—or even demanding—a new wealth tax. show the idea is overwhelmingly popular with the electorate, with voters in 11 polled states more than three times as likely to support than oppose a candidate backing a tax on the assets of the wealthy.CNBC (): “With the odds growing of a Biden win and possible blue wave, millionaire and billionaire families are speeding up their plans to pass down wealth,...

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Oct 22
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‘Muscular’ Foreign Policy: Media Codeword for Violence Abroad

‘Muscular’ Foreign Policy: Media Codeword for Violence Abroad

 The Washington Post‘s Josh Rogin writes that “Biden and Harris, if they are elected, will have a chance to prove that Democratic muscular liberalism is still the right approach.”Washington PostFAIR.orgCBS NewsRachel Maddow ShowCBSFace the Nation BBCCBS described Trump’s hiring hyper-interventionist John Bolton as signaling a “more muscular” foreign policy team.New York TimesTimesNew York TimesBloombergWashington PostNew York TimesCBSLA TimesBBCWashington PostFAIR.orgCNNCNNFox NewsNew Yorker“Weak” is used in corporate media as a synonym for “diplomatic” (Fox Business,Business...

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Aug 28
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Julian Assange: Press Shows Little Interest in Media ‘Trial of Century’ 

Julian Assange: Press Shows Little Interest in Media ‘Trial of Century’ 

 the media “trial of the century,” WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s extradition hearing is currently taking place in London—although you might not have heard if you’re relying solely on corporate media for news. If extradited, Assange faces 175 years in a , often as a “black site” on US soil.The United States government is asking Britain to send the Australian publisher to the US to face charges under the 1917 Espionage Act.  He is accused of aiding and encouraging Chelsea Manning to hack a US government computer in order to publish hundreds of thousands of documents detailing American...

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Alan MacLeod
Sep 25
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Media Show Little Interest in Israeli Bombing of Gaza

Media Show Little Interest in Israeli Bombing of Gaza

 AFP (CBS, ) describes attacks on Gaza as “the latest retaliation against fire bombs suspended from balloons that have been released from the Palestinian territory.”Israel is bombing Palestine again, although you likely wouldn’t guess that from watching TV news. For the eleventh straight night, Israeli Defense Force warplanes have been bombing the densely populated Gaza Strip. Israel’s bombs have caused considerable damage, forcing the of the area’s only power plant.But US corporate media, focused on the coronavirus and election coverage, have shown little interest in the renewed violence...

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Alan MacLeod
Aug 21
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Media Blame Gender Reveal Parties, Not Climate Change, for West Coast Fires

Media Blame Gender Reveal Parties, Not Climate Change, for West Coast Fires

 Six New York Times reporters () teamed up to produce more than 1,700 words about how “extreme heat [was] roasting California.” None of those words was “climate.”The West is , quite literally. A record-breaking heatwave has sparked unprecedented wildfires up and down the coast, turning the sky an apocalyptic, terrifying shade of red. Six of California’s 20 largest-ever fires have this year, over Oregonians have been forced to flee their homes and the destruction from this week’s blazes alone in Washington it as the state’s second-worst fire season in history.The heatwave and the fires in...

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Sep 18
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Media’s ‘Cancel Culture’ Debate Obscures Direct Threats to First Amendment

Media’s ‘Cancel Culture’ Debate Obscures Direct Threats to First Amendment

 The Harper’s letter () decried “a new set of moral attitudes and political commitments that tend to weaken our norms of open debate and toleration of differences in favor of ideological conformity.”A short and rather vaguely worded open letter published in Harper’s Magazine () earlier this month caused an unlikely media storm that continues to rumble on. Glossing over right-wing threats to the First Amendment, the letter, signed by 150 writers, journalists and other public figures, decried a new intolerance to dissent and a threat to freedom of speech coming from the left.The vagueness of...

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How NOT to Resist Trump: Kayleigh McEnany’s Anti-Science Comments

How NOT to Resist Trump: Kayleigh McEnany’s Anti-Science Comments

 Washington Post ()Media, particularly those who have made a habit of rhetorically opposing Donald Trump for the past four years, were awash last week with White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany’s controversial statements on reopening public schools in the middle of a pandemic. For example:The myriad of viral headlines suggested that this was another Orwellian outburst from the administration, along the lines of when George H. W. Bush : “I’ll never apologize for the United States of America. Ever! I don’t care what the facts are.” But reading her full answer, or watching the video...

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Jul 21
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In ‘Russian Bounty’ Story, Evidence-Free Claims From Nameless Spies Became Fact Overnight

In ‘Russian Bounty’ Story, Evidence-Free Claims From Nameless Spies Became Fact Overnight

I enjoy how all of you at Fair.org expose the lie at the heart of the right wing insanity. I certainly wish that the angry right would open a few books that might get their brains working at a functional level. After watching my brother become blind to results, historical records and common sense for the last 30 years, I have very little hope that he and the other Trump supporters will recover from the brain melt that talk radio and Fox news have caused.Unexceptionable analysis. Thanks, Mr. MacLeod.When it’s printed to fitThe facts don’t mean shitLet us not forget all the lies about...

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Jul 3
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Bombing People Is Not Feminist, No Matter How You Spin It

Bombing People Is Not Feminist, No Matter How You Spin It

 Fox News () noted that Capt. Emily “Thompson had an all-female maintenance crew to launch her historic flight.”Have you heard the good news, ladies? You too can bomb the Middle East!Some corporate media have recently been taken with the “inspirational” story of Emily Thompson, the first woman to pilot the F-35 jet in combat. At an unspecified time earlier this month, Thompson took off from her base in the United Arab Emirates to bomb an unnamed country.The New York Post () described her as “breaking the glass ceiling—at lightning speed.” Other outlets used the words “historic” (Fox News,...

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Jun 28
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Children Risking Their Lives. How Cute!

Children Risking Their Lives. How Cute!

 If you really want to understand the ideology corporate media are constantly selling us, it’s often best not to look at how they cover serious news, but what they depict as light-hearted human interest stories. There’s always a stream of them from local and national outlets, designed to pique interest and serve as a balance to the often heavier headline content. Stories along the lines of  ” or “” abound, often appearing at the ends of news broadcasts.FAIR (, , ) has already catalogued how corporate media are so out of touch that much of what they present as heartwarming human interest...

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Alan MacLeod
May 29
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Both Sides-ing Bleach Injection

Both Sides-ing Bleach Injection

 Vox () calls the idea that you can treat the coronavirus by injecting bleach “highly unlikely.”You probably saw Donald Trump’s ridiculous, false and deadly claim last week: that ingesting chemical cleaners could cure humans of the coronavirus. At a White House press briefing on Thursday (), the president said:I see disinfectant, where it knocks it [coronavirus] out in a minute—one minute—and is there a way we can do something like that by injection inside, or almost a cleaning. Because you see it [coronavirus] gets in the lungs and it does a tremendous number on the lungs, so it’d be...

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Apr 28
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From Resistance to Assistance: Little Pushback to Trump’s Iran Assassination

From Resistance to Assistance: Little Pushback to Trump’s Iran Assassination

To my mind, it is all about Isreal. They have had their sights on Soleimani for some time with even reports that they themselves tried to kill him. With freidman and stevens cheerleadong. not likely NYT would mount any criticism. WApO the same.Foreign policy “establishment” definitely anti-Iran.An unexceptionable analysis by MacLeod. The purview of the New York Times and Washington Post is not news or truth. It is propaganda in service of the Zionist billionaires who control them and will gladly destroy the United States to eliminate Hezbollah, which with Iranian weapons has frustrated the...

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Alan MacLeod
Jan 9
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With People in the Streets Worldwide, Media Focus Uniquely on Hong Kong

With People in the Streets Worldwide, Media Focus Uniquely on Hong Kong

 Unlike protests against US client states, the Hong Kong demonstrations were frequently given the approving “pro-democracy” label (CNN, ).2019 may be remembered as the year of the protest, as demonstrations are engulfing the world. From the Yellow Vests in France to demonstrations in Lebanon, Gaza, Chile, Ecuador and Haiti, sustained movements all over the planet have taken to the street demanding change. Yet US corporate media have been disproportionately interested in only one: the Hong Kong protests.As FAIR argued previously (FAIR.org, ), this disparity in coverage can largely be...

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Alan MacLeod
Dec 6
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The New York Times Endorsement Has Often Been a Boost for the Unendorsed

The New York Times Endorsement Has Often Been a Boost for the Unendorsed

The reasoning behind the DNC desire to prevent Bernie Sanders from winning the nomination is quite simple and totally logical. Donald Trump will wipe the floor with that bald angry Jew communist’s ass in the 2020 presidential election. The Democrats/Republicans have more accurate internal polls which they pay the most attention to.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. .FAIR is the national progressive media watchdog group, challenging corporate media bias, spin and misinformation. We work to invigorate the First Amendment by advocating for greater diversity in the press and by scrutinizing...

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Alan MacLeod
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Cop-Hating Vandals or Pro-Democracy Activists?

Cop-Hating Vandals or Pro-Democracy Activists?

The “cop-hating vandals” poured glue on three turnstiles and “placed large stickers throughout the subway station” (New York Post, ).The New York Police Department (NYPD) can generally rely on corporate media as allies on controversial police issues. A case in point was the New York subway protests earlier this month, in which the activist group organized hundreds of people to occupy New York City subway stations to demand free transit for all and an end to racialized on the subway system. There was reported.The prospect of an event overtly critical of police tactics had Fox News ()...

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Feb 20
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Media Stoop to ‘Russian Assistance’ to Explain Sanders’ Rise

Media Stoop to ‘Russian Assistance’ to Explain Sanders’ Rise

 For over three years, Russia has been an issue of great concern, if not panic, in our media. Back in 2018, FAIR () warned that if Bernie Sanders or another progressive movement picked up steam, corporate media would claim that “any challenge to the establishment is likely a Kremlin-funded astroturf effort.” For establishment Democrats, we wrote:Russiagate allows them to ignore calls for change and not scrutinize why they lost to the most unpopular presidential candidate in history. Since Russia hacked the election, there is no need for introspection, and certainly no need to accommodate...

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Feb 28
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For Media in New Hampshire, Losing Is Winning and Winning Is Losing

For Media in New Hampshire, Losing Is Winning and Winning Is Losing

 The results from the New Hampshire primary are in——showing Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders victorious with 26% of the vote, ahead of former South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg with 24%. However, it was third place Amy Klobuchar, with 20%, who seemed to draw the greatest media buzz. The Minnesota senator has received a lot of press attention of late—almost all of it positive.Vox‘s Matthew Yglesias () praised Amy Klobuchar’s “kind of charming dorky Midwestern shtick.”CNN’s election panel () heaped praise upon her; former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe described her performance as “spectacular,” while...

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The Bolivian Coup Is Not a Coup—Because US Wanted It to Happen

The Bolivian Coup Is Not a Coup—Because US Wanted It to Happen

Army generals appearing on television to demand the resignation and arrest of an elected civilian head of state seems like a textbook example of a coup. And yet that is certainly not how corporate media are presenting the weekend’s events in Bolivia. No establishment outlet framed the action as a coup; instead, President Evo Morales “resigned” (ABC News, 11/10/19), amid widespread “protests” (CBS News, 11/10/19) from an “infuriated population” (New York Times, 11/10/19) angry at the “election fraud” (Fox News, 11/10/19) of the “full-blown dictatorship” (Miami Herald, 11/9/19). When the...

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Nov 13
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To Media, No Democrat Can Possibly Be Right-Wing

To Media, No Democrat Can Possibly Be Right-Wing

The 2020 presidential candidacy race is in full (absurdly early) swing, and there is a clear and obvious internal battle currently raging for the soul of the Democratic Party. One faction is attempting to pull the party in a more populist, social-democratic direction, while another favors maintaining a neoliberal, pro-business course. We all know the most prominent members of the first group: The likes of presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders and freshmen representatives like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley are constantly referred to (accurately) as...

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Alan MacLeod
Jul 19
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