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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Sunday, May 29, 2016 - 12:30pm
538 Sacrifices Integrity to Go After Sanders on Independents
I used to be an admirer of Nate Silver and his empirical approach to covering elections. Not that the horserace ought to be the center of campaign journalism, but since media are going to focus on predicting who’s going to win, it seemed like Silver was approaching it as public opinion research...
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Saturday, May 21, 2016 - 1:30pm
Obama Plays a Dove in NPR’s Historical Fiction
The second thing NPR wants you to know about Hillary Clinton and foreign policy—after “she’s experienced”—is “she’s more hawkish than President Obama.” White House correspondent Scott Horsley ( All Things Considered , 5/17/16 ) says: Clinton is less reticent when it comes to deploying military...
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Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 8:45am
Brazil’s Neighbors Warn of President’s ‘Dangerous’ Ouster–but US Press Isn’t Listening
The effort to oust twice-elected Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has been big news in the United States. Since December 2015, when Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies began an impeachment process over Rousseff’s budget maneuvers, the New York Times has had 74 pieces that mention “Rousseff” and “...
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Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 12:45pm
Clintonism the Future? NYT’s Political Science Fiction
Just before the New York primary, the New York Times ( 4/16/16 ) published an op-ed by Michael Lind called “Trumpism and Clintonism Are the Future.” It’s a good guide to how the wishful thinking of the pundit class will likely lead them to misread the clear message of the 2016 elections. Lind is a...
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Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 3:00pm
Trampling Science to Boost Nuclear Power
When the Washington Post and New York Times are making the same corporate-friendly point, it’s safe to assume that some PR agency somewhere is earning its substantial fees. In this case, the subject is the need for nuclear power—and, for the Post editorial board ( 4/18/16 ), for fracking as well...
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Friday, April 1, 2016 - 5:30pm
Did Sanders Lie About Clinton’s Oil Money? NPR Factchecker Can’t Be Bothered to Check
When media outlets check the facts, it’s supposed to be in the first sense Google ‘s dictionary offers for the word “check” : 1. examine (something) in order to determine its accuracy…. But sometimes media seem more intent on carrying out the second meaning of the word: 2. stop or slow down the...
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Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 11:15am
Ezra Klein and the Terrible, Horrible, No-Good Tax Calculator
The website Vox ( 3/25/16 ) has what editor-in-chief Ezra Klein describes as an “excellent tax calculator” that, in its headline’s promise, “Tells You How Each Presidential Candidate’s Tax Plan Affects You.” Actually, it does no such thing; it’s a gimmick that is entirely useless except as a...
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Monday, March 28, 2016 - 4:30pm
No, CNN, the States Sanders Won This Weekend Weren’t ‘Largely White and Rural’
After Bernie Sanders overwhelmingly won the Democratic caucuses in Alaska, Hawaii and Washington state, CNN ‘s Chris Moody ( 3/28/16 ) observed: These caucus states—largely white and rural—are the type of places Sanders traditionally does well. In order to win the nomination, he must replicate this...
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Saturday, March 12, 2016 - 11:30am
Standing Up for Free Speech Is Not a Threat to Free Speech
Of all the many disturbing things about Donald Trump, his glorification of political violence may be the worst. Again and again, he has encouraged his followers to respond to peaceful protests with brutal force. The Intercept ( 3/11/16 ) had a good compilation of Trump’s encouragement of attacks...
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Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - 11:30am
The Trump Campaign: Bad for America, but Good for CBS
CBS CEO Les Moonves, who in December ( Intercept , 12/10/15 ; FAIR.org , 1/23/16 ) said of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, “Go Donald! Keep getting out there!” because “the more they spend, the better it is for us,” had more to say about the business of politics at another investors’...
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