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WaPo Can Identify ‘Far Right’ in France–but in White House, It’s ‘Conservative’

There are no major ideological differences between White House strategist Steve Bannon and French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen. But in the Washington Post, Bannon and his backers are “conservatives,” while Le Pen and her National Front are “far right.”

Giving NY’s Governor a $783,000 Bribe Is Business as Usual for Rupert Murdoch

Murdoch has long made a practice of funneling large payments to influential politicians via HarperCollins book contracts, in what amounts to a system of legalized bribery.

What’s Wrong With This Picture? Fawning Praise of Bush’s Veteran Art Ignores Iraqi Victims

In all of the fawning press coverage of George W. Bush's paintings of US veterans, one thing has been notably absent: Bush’s Iraqi victims.

Karma Catches Up With Bill O’Reilly

Corporate advertisers, undeterred by O'Reilly's years of on-air racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia, outright lying and hate-mongering, evidently decided that was a bridge too far.

At NYT, Climate Denial and Racism Don’t Make You Fringe–but Single-Payer Does

Bret Stephens’ hiring highlights the radical asymmetry at work when considering what is and isn’t a fringe opinion. When one goes to the far right, there doesn’t seem to be a line that can’t be crossed, while anything slightly to the left of Hillary Clinton is nonexistent in the staff opinion section at the New York Times.

Thomas Friedman’s Perverse Love Affair With ISIS

For the second time in as many years, Thomas Friedman has explicitly advocated that the United States use the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria as a proxy force against Iran, Russia, Syria and Hezbollah.

When WaPo Calls for ‘Honest’ Debate, Check for Your Wallet

It is difficult to share the concern of Fred Hiatt, the editorial page editor, that we will see increasingly dishonest public debates. Hiatt and his team at the editorial page have no qualms at all about making up nonsense when pushing their positions.

Out of 46 Major Editorials on Trump’s Syria Strikes, Only One Opposed

Of the top 100 US newspapers, 47 ran editorials on President Donald Trump’s Syria airstrikes last week: 39 in favor, seven ambiguous and only one opposed to the military attack.

Five Top Papers Run 18 Opinion Pieces Praising Syria Strikes–Zero Are Critical

Five major US newspapers—the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and New York Daily News—offered no opinion space to anyone opposed to Donald Trump’s Thursday night airstrikes. By contrast, the five papers...Show More Summary

The Essential Pundit Take: ‘Trump Became President’ by Bombing Syria

Note the assurance with which Zakaria insists that a military attack on a sovereign state, unauthorized by the United Nations and unjustifiable in terms of self-defense, signifies a new respect on Trump's part for "global norms" and "international rules."

Torturing Language to Put Best Light on Police Misconduct

FAIR has noted media’s use of vague or passive-voice framing to obfuscate police wrongdoing, but a recent example by Miami CBS affiliate WFOR stood out as an extreme case.

The Return of the Dangerous ‘Obama Did Nothing’ Narrative on Syria

Despite the reality, the false conventional wisdom among Beltway politicians, pundits and press remained: Obama “did nothing” about Syria.

NYT’s BDS Debate Excludes BDS Proponents

The last opinion column on the topic by a BDS supporter to appear in the New York Times was in January 2014. Since then, the Times has published seven opinion columns that took a clear position on BDS, all of them in opposition.

Talking About My Generation–So We Don’t Have to Talk About the Rich

We tell folks to ignore all those incredibly rich people with vast amounts of money—the reason most people are not seeing rising living standards is the damn Baby Boomers who expect to get Social Security and Medicare, just because they paid for it.

The Antarctic Ice Shelf Is Breaking Up–and USA Today Tells Us to ‘Chill Out’

USA Today's headline writer picks up on notes of reassurance in an article on a global warming disaster.

Study: Sean Spicer’s Handpicked Press Corps - 45 percent of reporters he's called on come from the right

A new FAIR study finds that 45 percent of the reporters Spicer called on were from conservative outlets. Fifteen percent of questions came from journalists working under the Fox brand.

Media Spin Headlines to Downplay US Responsibility for Mosul Massacre

The Washington Post reports that a recent airstrike in Mosul "was potentially one of the worst US-led civilian bombings in 25 years." Yet leading news networks went out of their way to craft some of the most euphemistic headlines imaginable.

Conspiracy Theorists Welcome in Corporate Media–if They Have the Right Targets

Former British Conservative MP Louise Mensch has become something of a celebrity of late in anti-Trump media. In the past two weeks, Mensch has appeared on MSNBC (3/11/17), the New York Times op-ed page (3/17/17) and HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher (3/24/17) despite the fact that she routinely traffics in the most bizarre and unfounded conspiracy theories.

Advocate of Saddam/Al Qaeda Conspiracy Will Save Us From Fake News

The Weekly Standard, lest we forget—as Rutenberg clearly has—was second to no publication in using shoddy journalism to sell a war that would leave countless hundreds of thousands dead.

NYT Says Congress Has ‘Duty’ to Make War–Rather Than the Right to Reject It

The New York Times editorial board didn’t take a wave of civilians deaths as a reason to question the wisdom of America’s various “counter-terror,” nation-building and regime-change projects in the Middle East, but instead chose to browbeat Congress into rubber-stamping a war that’s been going on for almost three years.

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