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Centrist Pundits Paved Way for Trump’s ‘Alt-Left’ False Equivalence

As it turns out, there’s no way to suggest that unruly leftists are as bad as neo-Nazis without suggesting that neo-Nazis are no worse than unruly leftists.

World’s Richest Person Escapes Scrutiny From His Own Paper—and Its Rivals

A review of 190 articles about from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and the Bezos-owned Washington Post over the past year paints a picture of almost uniformly positive–ofttimes boosterish–coverage.

For Media, Driving Into a Crowd of Protesters Is a ‘Clash’

The Washington Post, Boston Globe, AOL News, The Hill, BBC and Sky News UK all chose to frame the ramming of a car into anti-fascist protesters as “clashes.”

Do Corporate Media Need to Lie to Promote Trade Deals?

People can have reasonable differences of opinion on trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), but why is it that the proponents have to insist, with zero evidence, that not doing the deal was an economic disaster?

Conspiracies Pushed by Atlantic’s Editor Excluded From Atlantic’s Denunciation of Conspiracy Theories

Which “conspiracy theories” the media decide to care about and which they don’t is largely a function of who is advancing those conspiracy theories, and whose interests they serve.

Remembering the Gulf of Tonkin, and the Consequences of Wanting to Believe

US journalists reported official claims about the Gulf of Tonkin incident as absolute truths, ignoring countervailing evidence and opening the floodgates for the bloody Vietnam War and the deaths of over 50,000 Americans and millions of Southeast Asians.

Media’s Grim Addiction to Perseverance Porn

These stories are typically shared for the purposes of poor-shaming, typically under the guise of inspirational life advice. A healthy press would take these anecdotes of “can do” spirit and ask bigger questions, like why are these people forced into such absurd hardship?

Talking About a Revolution

The gaps between the status quo and our survival are why we need a new media system. You will not learn from corporate media how much danger their advertisers are putting us in, or what we can do to stop them.

Body Count Comeback

In the past few years, official body count estimates have made a notable comeback, as US military and administration officials have tried to talk up the US coalition’s war against ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

Media Mourn End of CIA Killing Syrians and Strengthening Al Qaeda

Spin doctors at major news outlets depicted the Trump administration's announcement that it was halting support for Syrian rebels as variously a spineless concession to the evil Russian puppet master and/or a wretched abandonment of a supposedly noble US commitment to "freedom and democracy."

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

A new Vox video 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.

WaPo Worships Principled, Humanitarian McCain That’s Never Existed

In a fawning editorial, 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.

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

Ever since they classified a widely used herbicide as “probably carcinogenic,” scientists at the UN’s cancer research group have been under attack by the agrichemical industry. One key weapon in industry’s arsenal has been the reporting of Kate Kelland, a veteran Reuters reporter.

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

The expulsion of ISIS from Mosul by the US-led coalition received coverage, but the US role in killing civilians was uniformly ignored.

Missile Defense Will Protect You From North Korea, Say USA Today’s Missile Defense-Funded Sources

USA Today's sources on how "US missile defense plans" will protect you from the "N. Korean Nuke Threat" mostly have a direct financial connection to the US missile defense program.

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

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.

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

Why has Jonah Goldberg, author of How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas, appeared as a guest on National Public Radio’s most widely distributed news hours 25 times since April 2016—making him one of the network's most regularly consulted commentators?

Jack Shaheen, Vital Critic of Denigrating Images

A longtime FAIR friend, Jack Shaheen died on Monday. A humanist to the core, he warned about the creation of "the character whom we hate and we detest."

Paul Ryan Doesn’t Love Free-Market Healthcare; He Loves Giving Money to Rich People

The New York Times is again spreading the absurd myth that House Speaker Paul Ryan and other Republicans want a free market in healthcare.

Stigma Over Solutions

While there is never a good time to gut Medicaid and throw 22 million off their health insurance, it is especially worrying that it may happen in the middle of a tragic opiate epidemic that is being covered by the media in all the wrong ways.

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