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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Saturday, June 6, 2015 - 10:15am
The Mass Surveillance of US Public Continues as USA Today Declares It Ended
USA Today (6/3/15) had a five-column headline across the top of its front page: NSA Data Collection Ended That would be odd, since the National Security Agency exists to collect data; it’s unlikely that a $10 billion agency would simply stop everything it was doing. What the headline means to say...
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Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 2:45pm
NYT Reports Large Crowds for Sanders in Iowa–but Isn’t He ‘Unelectable’?
Reporting on the large crowds attracted by Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign in Iowa, the New York Times ‘ Trip Gabriel and Patrick Healy ( 5/31/15 ) stressed that former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is “far ahead in the polls, fundraising and name recognition,” and added: Her...
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Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 9:00am
NYT Scrapes the Bottom to Argue ‘Democrats Pulled Too Far Left’
“Have Democrats Pulled Too Far Left?” asks a New York Times op-ed ( 5/27/15 ). Because this question is always answered affirmatively by corporate media, you don’t even have to note that the author, Peter Wehner, “served in the last three Republican administrations” to know that the answer is going...
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Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 7:45am
Right-Wing Pundits’ Anti-Memorial Day
Memorial Day is the day the United States sets aside to remember those who died in wars–a legacy of our Civil War , which killed 625,000 people out of a nation of some 35 million. But to hear some conservative pundits tell it, there’s something wrong about being asked to reflect on war–and...
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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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