Jim Naureckas

Jim Naureckas is editor of EXTRA! Magazine at FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting). He is the co-author of Way Things Aren't: Rush Limbaugh's Reign of Error, and co-editor of The FAIR Reader. He is also the co-manager of FAIR's website.

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Monday, May 18, 2015 - 3:15pm
Establishment Journalists Pride Themselves on Staying on the Official Rails
In his brilliant analysis in Columbia Journalism Review ( 3/15/15 ) of establishment media reaction to Seymour Hersh’s re-examination of the killing of Osama bin Laden ( London Review of Books , 5/21/15 ), the Guardian ‘s Trevor Timm notes that one of the put-downs hurled at Hersh to discredit his...
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Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 6:30am
'Why So Much Anger?': If You Don’t Know, Washington Post Won’t Tell You
The Washington Post ( 4/28/15 ) offers: A Freddie Gray Primer: Who Was He, How Did He Die, Why Is There So Much Anger? The “who was he” part comes from the “ no angel ” school of journalism—stressing his the “frequent run-ins with the law,” sniffing that he “lived off” compensation for childhood...
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Friday, April 24, 2015 - 3:30pm
The Washington Post Should Tell You When Its Columnists Are Paid to Disinform You
If you’re getting paid to advocate for the destruction of the world as we know it, shouldn’t you at least let people know? The Washington Post apparently doesn’t think so. The Post regularly publishes columns by Ed Rogers , a veteran of the Reagan/Bush administration turned lobbyist. His most...
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Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 8:45am
Why Don’t Americans Want to ‘Soak the Rich’? It’s a Trick Question
The New York Times ( 4/17/15 ) has a post by Neil Irwin headlined “Why Americans Don’t Want to Soak the Rich.” Irwin suggests a couple of different answers to this question, depending on your ideological point of view: If you’re conservative, a compelling answer might be this: Americans are seeking...
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Friday, April 17, 2015 - 6:30am
They Have ‘Propaganda,’ US Has ‘Public Diplomacy’–and a Servile Private Sector
The New York Times headline ( 4/15/15 ) paints a dire picture: Turmoil at Voice of America Is Seen as Hurting US Ability to Counter Propaganda But wait a second–isn’t Voice of America itself a propaganda outlet ? Not in the New York Times stylebook, apparently. The piece, by Ron Nixon, describes...
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Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 2:15pm
Leading Papers Incite ‘Supreme International Crime’
After the New York Times printed John Bolton’s “To Stop Iran’s Bomb, Bomb Iran” ( 3/26/15 ; FAIR Blog , 3/26/15), following the Washington Post publishing Joshua Muravchik’s “War With Iran Is Probably Our Best Option” ( 3/13/15 ), veteran investigative reporter Robert Parry made an excellent point...
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Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 8:30am
What Have Whistleblowers Done for Elite Journalists Lately?
To the extent that you have aided and abetted Snowden, even in his current movements, why shouldn’t you, Mr. Greenwald, be charged with a crime? Meet the Press host David Gregory’s question to journalist Glenn Greenwald (6/23/13; FAIR Blog , 6/24/13 ) sums up much of the elite media’s attitude...
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Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 7:00am
Forgiving Al-Qaeda in Pursuit of a New Enemy
The New York Times had a story ( 3/14/15 ) about CIA money ending up in the hands of Al-Qaeda, an incident the paper described as just another in a long list of examples of how the United States, largely because of poor oversight and loose financial controls, has sometimes inadvertently financed...
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Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 8:00am
CNN on the Frontiers of the Commercialization of News
“CNN Tests New Ways to Mix Ads With News,” a Variety headline ( 3/5/15 ) declared, over a story about how the cable news channel has “gotten over itself” and has "looked for more ways to weave ad messages into programming.” Variety TV editor Brian Steinberg reports that the Time Warner outlet used...
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Monday, March 9, 2015 - 4:15pm
Voting Rights Shall Not Overcome NYT Reporting Like This
The New York Times ' report (3/8/15) on Barack Obama's speech commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Selma march noted that the president called the Voting Rights Act, passed in the wake of the march, “the culmination of so much blood and sweat and tears, the product of so much sacrifice in the...
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