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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Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 8:45am
NYT Contributor Has Multiple Motives for Denying Drone Crimes
Retired Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden , former director of both the NSA and CIA, began his New York Times op-ed ( 2/21/16 ) with 24 paragraphs of dialogue illustrating how carefully the US government chooses drone targets so as not to put the innocent at risk: The decision maker asks if there are...
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Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 3:30pm
Missing the Days When Candidates Pretended We Had No Big Problems
“I miss Barack Obama,” writes David Brooks ( 2/9/16 )—which is a tough thing to admit when your job is being the voice of sensible Republicanism on the New York Times op-ed page, and on the PBS NewsHour and NPR as well. But watching the 2016 primary campaigns, he can’t help but feel that “many of...
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Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - 9:00am
David Bowie, Media Critic
It’s hard to think of an artist who has used the media as part of their art more than David Bowie did. To me the classic example is 1972’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars : As an obscure singer/songwriter, Bowie wrote and recorded an album about an obscure singer/...
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Tuesday, December 29, 2015 - 12:30pm
WaPo Tallies Police Killings–but Holds Back Some of the Numbers That Count
Concerned that official records undercount the number of people shot and killed by police in the United States every year, the Washington Post ( 12/26/15 ) attempted to compile a list of every fatal police shooting in 2015. The paper found nearly a thousand such cases—more than twice as many as the...
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Wednesday, December 23, 2015 - 8:15am
For Democrats, Debate Night Means Being Quizzed From the Right by Corporate Media
The Democratic and Republican debates have this asymmetry: Republican candidates are presumed to need ideological sympathizers among their questioners— Fox News , for example, or Salem Media , which teams up with CNN for GOP debates—while Democrats are thought content to be quizzed by...
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Monday, December 14, 2015 - 12:30pm
Credulous Reporting of Deceptive Propaganda Made Planned Parenthood Attack Inevitable
The attack on Planned Parenthood was probably inevitable after the right saw how well the attack on ACORN was received. ACORN, like Planned Parenthood, was at the top of the right’s list of most-hated organizations, though in ACORN’s case its chief sin was not helping women control their own bodies...
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Friday, December 11, 2015 - 11:15am
NYT Rewrites Scalia to Make Him Sound Less Racist
New York Times Supreme Court correspondent Adam Liptak ( 12/9/15 ) recounted a startling moment in the Court’s oral arguments over the University of Texas’ affirmative action plan: In a remark that drew muted gasps in the courtroom, Justice Antonin Scalia said that minority students with inferior...
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Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 8:30am
Coverage of Russian Plane Bombing Shows What a Difference an Enemy Makes
FAIR ( 11/13/15 , 11/16/15 , 11/17/15 ) has noted the contrast between US media coverage of Paris and Beirut after the militant ISIS movement claimed responsibility for terror attacks in both cities. It may be even more illuminating to look at media reactions to another ISIS-claimed disaster, the...
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Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 12:00pm
Context-Free Coverage of Terror Helps Perpetuate Its Causes
At the time of the attacks in Paris, FAIR’s website led with a piece by Ben Norton ( 11/13/15 ) about US reporting on the ISIS bombing in Beirut—noting references to the civilian neighborhood targeted by the bombing as a Hezbollah “stronghold” ( MSNBC , 11/13/15 ), “bastion” ( Reuters , 11/12/15 )...
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Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 10:30am
60 Minutes Stands With Secret Keepers Against Those Who Expose Them
The lead of Scott Pelley’s 60 Minutes report ( 11/8/15 ) on security clearances said it all: The fugitive Edward Snowden, convicted spy Chelsea Manning and mass murderer Aaron Alexis all had one thing in common, US government security clearances which they turned into weapons. How do you get...
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