Jim Naureckas

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, 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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Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 9:45am
The Fake News Food Chain
Media Matters’ Brendan Karet ( 10/27/15 ) had a good catch today on how fake news enters the media food chain. His example started with Fox News ‘ Sean Hannity ( 10/19/15 ) telling Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush that “the president said he’s going to bring in 250,000 refugees into this...
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Saturday, October 24, 2015 - 9:15am
Back to Benghazi: How Not to Have a Debate About US Foreign Policy
In the 2012 presidential election, the biggest foreign policy issue was the killing of the US ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens in September of that year–an incident known by its location: Benghazi. Now, as we gear up for the 2016 presidential race, it looks like the biggest international...
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Sunday, October 4, 2015 - 10:30am
Media Coverage Is ‘a Sort of Advertisement to Mass Murder’
Investigators are reportedly looking into whether the apparent killer in the latest mass shooting announced his murderous intentions beforehand on the social media site 4chan . Because of 4chan ‘s anonymity, it’s impossible to say whether the poster who warned “don’t go to school tomorrow if you...
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