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Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR) is a media critique organization based in New York City. The organization was founded in 1986 by Jeff Cohen and Martin A. Lee. FAIR describes itself as "the national media watch group". The organization has been described as both progressive and leaning left.Source
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MSNBC’s Anti-Sanders Bias Makes It Forget How to Do Math

MSNBC’s Anti-Sanders Bias Makes It Forget How to Do Math

When MSNBC legal analyst Mimi Rocah (7/21/19) said that Bernie Sanders “made [her] skin crawl,” though she “can’t even identify for you what exactly it is,” she was just expressing more overtly the anti-Sanders bias that pervades the network. The hostility is so entrenched, in fact, it seems to have corrupted MSNBC’s mathematical reasoning and created a new system of arithmetic. The cable news network has repeatedly made on-air and online mistakes about Sanders’ polling and other numbers—always to his detriment, and never with any official correction. Here are some new rules MSNBC seems...

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Katie Halper
July 28, 2019
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Soaring Cost of Clues Leaves Thomas Friedman Apparently Unable to Buy One

Soaring Cost of Clues Leaves Thomas Friedman Apparently Unable to Buy One

How does this man still have a job? I wish the NYT would hire me. I’m not sure I could match his stupidity, but I’d try my best.How does this man still have a job? I wish the NYT would hire me. I’m not sure I could match his stupidity, but I’d try my best.Patents are not inherently bad. As with anything else, gaming the system by applying them to extremes is bad.A patent is supposed to give an inventor a limited monopoly to profit from his/her invention. (Used to be for 17 years, now 20.)Companies with armies of lawyers find ways to essentially corrupt this simple premise, harming us all...

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Dean Baker
June 28, 2018
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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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Alan MacLeod
February 14, 2020
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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
January 9, 2020
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A Pandemic Is Not a War

A Pandemic Is Not a War

Though many public officials and media outlets seem increasingly convinced that we are fighting a war against Covid-19, framing the pandemic in military terms obscures what we need to know and how we can cope with this virus. At a press conference on Wednesday, March 18, President Donald Trump offered this grammatical hash: “I view it—in a sense as a wartime president.” Translating the mangled discourse into a coherent statement, CNN (3/18/20) reported, “Trump said that he sees the country on wartime footing and himself as a wartime president amid the coronavirus crisis.” New York Gov....

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Robin Andersen
April 30, 2020
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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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Alan MacLeod
April 28, 2020
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Gov. Hogan’s Purchase of Korean Covid Tests Looks Like a PR stunt—and Media Fell for It

Gov. Hogan’s Purchase of Korean Covid Tests Looks Like a PR stunt—and Media Fell for It

 The New York Times (), among other outlets, presented Hogan’s acquisition of Korean tests as a Trump-defying coup.Despite being the governor of a small state, Larry Hogan secured coronavirus test kits from “,” thanks to “” and “” negotiations. His “” approach provides “.”That was the storyline Hogan wanted, and he got it, in no small part because the Maryland governor offers an irresistible profile for the media: a Republican—yes, a Republican!—who criticizes Trump. Having checked that box, little else mattered.The Hogan-initiated negotiations that led to a South Korean company flying...

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Pete Tucker
May 8, 2020
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Corporate Looting as ‘Rescue Plan,’ Robber Barons as ‘Saviors’

Corporate Looting as ‘Rescue Plan,’ Robber Barons as ‘Saviors’

 Framing a massive corporate bailout as a “rescue package” (NPR, ) was a PR coup.For a perfect illustration of how corporate media function as ruling class propaganda, watch how they spin a titanic upward redistribution of wealth as a “rescue plan” for the US economy, and paint a robber baron like US Treasury Secretary as a “savior” of the American public.In discussions of the (officially) estimated Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act—the largest government spending program in US history—before it was signed into law on March 27, corporate media largely abandoned the...

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Joshua Cho
May 1, 2020
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Burying the One-State Solution in Palestine/Israel

Burying the One-State Solution in Palestine/Israel

The one-state solution is the idea of bringing justice and peace to Palestine/Israel by having all inhabitants of historic Palestine—the land that includes Israel, the West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza—living in one, binational country, where everyone has equal rights and political matters are settled on the basis of one person, one vote. This arrangement differs from the two-state solution, which would partition historic Palestine into two states divided along ethno-religious lines, and contrasts with, in which Palestinians live as second-class citizens inside Israel, and under Israeli...

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June 5, 2018
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23 Headlines Obscure Biden’s Lies About Cutting Social Security

23 Headlines Obscure Biden’s Lies About Cutting Social Security

 Here’s something many Americans would be very interested to know: Is a leading candidate in the Democratic primary a liar? And since a of Americans have cuts to Social Security, the country’s , Democratic voters in particular might be interested to know if a President Joe Biden would try to cut Social Security.Former Vice President Biden has to Social Security for , and is on the record for saying things like:When I argued that we should freeze federal spending, I meant Social Security as well. I meant Medicare and Medicaid. I meant veterans’ benefits. I meant every single solitary thing...

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Joshua Cho
January 22, 2020
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