Archive for October, 2017

Iran Doesn’t Have a Nuclear Weapons Program. Why Do Media Keep Saying It Does?

October 18 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

When it comes to Iran, do basic facts matter? Evidently not, since dozens and dozens of journalists keep casually reporting that Iran has a “nuclear weapons program” when it does not—a problem FAIR has reported on over the years (e.g., 9/9/15). Let’s take a look at some of the outlets spreading this falsehood in just the past five days: Business Insider... Read more

This Alaska teen’s biggest catch was a 57-foot whale. Animal-rights activists didn’t like it. He’s not backing down.

October 18 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | News Feeds

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The Most Powerful Journalist In Hollywood Protected Harvey Weinstein For Years

October 18 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

In 1989, Weinstein’s Miramax brought the film “Sex, Lies, and Videotape” to the Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Palme d’Or, the festival’s top honor. The moment helped Weinstein and his brother, Bob, burst onto the national scene ― two brash independent studio heads with a willingness to put out films other people weren’t, often to widespread acclaim. Article source: Read more

Harvey Weinstein, the entertainment industry, and the news media: A timeline of complicity

October 18 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters There have now been more than a week of horrifyingly detailed investigative reports in The New York Times, The New Yorker, and elsewhere — including additional firsthand accounts — of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein’s serial predatory sexual misconduct, which includes, as of our publication, about 50 reports of harassment, assault, or rape. Significant questions remain about... Read more

Pro-Trump states most at risk from changes to Affordable Care Act

October 16 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | News Feeds

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The Challenge To Restore Our Sanity

October 16 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

If all of this weren’t bad enough, more often than not, our politics and government also appear to be out of control. Hyper-partisanship has created such dysfunction that Congress simply can’t act to address the nation’s agenda. Health care remains in limbo, 700,000 Dreamers face an uncertain future. There is no real prospect for comprehensive immigration reform or the long-promised... Read more

What men’s rights activists and other "anti-feminist" men have in common with white supremacists

October 16 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters “Anti-feminist” forces, including men’s rights activists, have “embraced misogyny as ideology” The men’s rights movement is the brainchild of a former prominent feminist. As Mother Jones reported in 2015, Warren Farrell, an organizer with the National Organization for Women in the 1970s, “is widely considered to be the father of the men’s rights movement.” Farrell gained prominence... Read more

Getting the Fairness Doctrine Wrong–Again

October 14 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

A revealing Washington Post piece (10/10/17) on Sean Hannity makes a common mistake when it comes to the Fairness Doctrine. In an otherwise informative piece about Fox News‘ Sean Hannity, Donald Trump’s favorite cable anchor, the Washington Post (10/10/17) inaccurately described the Fairness Doctrine, a former FCC rule requiring that broadcasters present controversial issues by including contrasting viewpoints.  In “The Making... Read more

Trump Just Spoke At An Event Where Guests Were Warned Of "The Hazards Of Homosexuality"

October 14 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | News Feeds

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My Belated Thank You To Fareed Zakaria

October 14 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

And, if I am remembering correctly, Mary McCarthy, in a famous, literary spat, claimed that everything Lillian Hellman wrote was a lie, including the words, “and” and “the.” Article source:

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Fox News has a long history of pushing the Center for Medical Progress’ anti-abortion lies

October 14 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters Twitter briefly prevented Blackburn’s campaign from promoting an ad that relied on anti-abortion lies from CMP Blackburn claimed Twitter was censoring her ad including the phrase “baby body parts” after the platform wouldn’t let her campaign post it as paid, promoted content. On October 9, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) claimed that Twitter was censoring a video announcing... Read more

Maria’s ‘Other’ Victims: Puerto Rican Bondholders

October 13 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

CNBC (10/4/17) assumes that “you” are among the “more than 500,000 individual bondholders” or the “hundreds of thousands more investors with small exposure through mutual funds”—despite the fact that it gets 43 million visitors a month. With crushing debt threatening to annihilate its economy (CounterSpin, 7/31/15, 5/12/17), the island of Puerto Rico was already desperate. Then came Hurricane Maria, the September... Read more

Corporate Media Have Few Apologies for Getting IRS Scandal Backwards

October 13 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

Back in May 2013, corporate media outlets expressed alarm at a report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) that suggested that from 2004 through 2013, the IRS had applied extra scrutiny to groups applying for tax-exempt status with conservative-sounding names. The report, “based on concerns expressed by members of Congress,” said that 96 groups applying for 501(c)(4)... Read more

Should Prisoners Be Used for Fighting Forest Fires?

October 12 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | News Feeds

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A TV Station Identified This Denver Bronco As A ‘Tight Butt’

October 12 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

They got the “tight” part right ― he’s a rookie tight end. And of course they mistakenly got the “butt” from the player’s noteworthy last name. The two words together form a compliment, if you appreciate that sort of thing. Article source:

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St. Louis’ Sinclair station replaced local news with unhinged conspiracy theories from a wannabe Sean Hannity 

October 12 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters Conservative local TV news behemoth Sinclair Broadcast Group isn’t just pushing right-wing commentary in its national “must-run” segments. It’s also depriving its viewers in at least one city of any actual local news reporting at all, instead filling news airtime with an unhinged commentary show from local far-right radio host and conspiracy theorist Jamie Allman. Sinclair has... Read more

American Made: A Largely True Story With Some Not-So-Fun Lies

October 11 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

Tom Cruise as Barry Seal in American Made Director Doug Liman (Writing Studio, 9/1/17) describes American Made, his film about real-life drug dealer Barry Seal, as “a fun lie based on a true story.” So it’s not like he’s holding himself to a high standard of historical accuracy. For one thing, Seal (portrayed by Tom Cruise) did not meet Colombian druglords Jorge... Read more

Our Parents Are the Original Dreamers: How to Fight for a Clean DREAM Act

October 11 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | News Feeds

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Tamron Hall Calls Weinstein Allegations Horrifying, Says She Spoke To Him Directly

October 11 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

“I hope today they are comforted by Ashley, Rose, Lauren, Asia, and Mira [some of Weinstein’s accusers], women who from the outside have everything but inside behind the closed doors suffered in silence,” she added. Article source:

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Alliance Defending Freedom and its allies support turning LGBTQ people straight through harmful reparative therapy

October 11 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters ADF is teaming up with a league of anti-LGBTQ groups and extremists to whitewash their images ADF has teamed up with more than a dozen hate and right-wing anti-LGBTQ groups to attack the “hate group” designation and whitewash their bigotry. Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), the largest anti-LGBTQ hate group in the nation, is working with a number... Read more

At Bannon’s Behest, Blackwater Founder and War-Profiteer Erik Prince Mulling Senate Run

October 9 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | News Feeds

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Mitchell Sunderland Fired From Vice After BuzzFeed’s Bombshell Report

October 9 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

The BuzzFeed report, “Here’s How Breitbart And Milo Smuggled Nazi and White Nationalist Ideas Into The Mainstream,” describes how Sunderland on multiple occasions suggested story ideas to Milo Yiannopoulos, then a writer at Breitbart. At one point last year, Sunderland sent Yiannopoulos a link to an article by the author Lindy West and told him, “Please mock this fat feminist.” Article... Read more

Study: Trump officials overwhelmingly flock to Fox News

October 9 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

In this study: Trump-linked guests made 78 appearances on weekday Fox News programming, compared to eight on CNN and only six on MSNBC. 60 percent of appearances by those guests on Fox were concentrated on two programs: Fox Friends and Hannity. Trump-linked guests made more appearances (19) on Hannity than on all programming on CNN and MSNBC combined. Administration officials, Trump’s family, and Trump’s personal lawyer appeared overwhelmingly on... Read more

We Need Thoughtful Coverage of Gun Violence, Not Slow Pans Over Arsenals

October 7 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

The most important thing we know about him is that he was struck by how much attention mass murderers get: “A man who was known by no one is now known by everyone.” (CBS News, 10/1/15) I have noticed that so many people like him are all alone and unknown, yet when they spill a little blood, the whole world knows... Read more

Ryan Zinke’s Week of Reckoning: Scandals Roil Trump’s Interior Department

October 7 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | News Feeds

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