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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Friday, September 13, 2019
ABC Democratic Debate Lowlights
Climate: ‘Let’s See If We Can Go Really Fast’ After CNN ‘s remarkably substantive and thoughtful town hall on the climate crisis ( 9/4/19 ), we wrote that the following debates now had a solid foundation from which to go deeper on climate for a larger audience ( FAIR.org , 9/6/19 ). Unfortunately,...
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What was actually crucial to Trump’s 2016 success is that the larger group of poorer less-educated whites, which traditionally leans Democratic or splits its vote, went decisively Republican. (Photo: New York Times/Screenshot) Views
Friday, August 30, 2019
NYT Steers Dems Away From the Obvious Formula for Defeating Trump
Thomas Edsall’s demographic analysis is almost always misleading ( FAIR.org , 2/10/15 , 10/9/15 , 6/5/16 , 3/30/18 , 7/24/19 )—and his latest column for the New York Times ( 8/28/19 ) is no exception. “We Aren’t Seeing White Support for Trump for What It Is,” the headline complains—with the subhead...
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If you imagine that Donald Trump invented the political technique of appealing to white supremacy, you’re going to have a hard time figuring out an effective way to overcome it. (Photo: New York Times) Views
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Ronald Reagan’s Racism Should Come as No Surprise
In the wake of Ronald Reagan being discovered on the Nixon tapes calling African diplomats “monkeys” who are “still uncomfortable wearing shoes,” the Washington Post ( 7/31/19 ) quotes Reagan’s biographer saying there was “no hint that the president would hold the kinds of views he conveyed to...
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New York Times depiction (7/24/19) of Bernie Sanders at a student debt rally with indebted former student Pamela Hunt. (Photo: J. Scott Applewhite/AP) Views
Friday, July 26, 2019
The NYT’s Six Percent Solution for Student Debt
Why are Democratic candidates going on about student loan debt? Why, the problem is practically solved already! That’s the message of a piece in The Upshot ( 7/24/19 )—the New York Times ‘ project aimed at “examining politics, policy and everyday life in new ways”—written by Kevin Carey, who...
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 I guess even when you’re trying to pitch your candidate as the unifier of all classes, it’s best not to mention them all. (Photo: Detroit News depiction of Pete Buttigieg at the Miami debates.) Views
Wednesday, July 03, 2019
Buttigieg Goes for Big Bucks as NYT Oversells His Small-Donor Support
On June 25, the day before the first Democratic presidential debates, Pete Buttigieg’s average in polls of the race stood at 7.0 percent. Today, after the attention and considerable positive media reaction that he got after the debates, he’s surged—to 5.2 percent. Despite the fact that more people...
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In the past, we knew very little about these transactions, because the powerful also owned and/or funded almost all the outlets we got our information from. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Friday, March 29, 2019
Learning the Downsides of Candidates Is a Big Upside of Modern Media
You’ve probably noticed that we live in a society where some people have a great deal of power, and most people have very little. And that this works out well for the few and not so well for the many. This plays out in the political realm with the few using their power to support candidates who...
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Blum documented the violent and anti-democratic record of the US empire; he was a reference that FAIR frequently turned to when noting what was missing from the corporate media’s version of history.(Photo: William Blum) Views
Monday, December 17, 2018
William Blum, US Policy Critic Derided by NYT, Dies at 85
You know you’ve lived well—well enough to rattle the establishment—when the New York Times smears you in the obituary it runs about you ( FAIR.org , 6/20/13 ). That distinction was achieved by William Blum, historian and critic of US foreign policy. Once a State Department computer programmer who...
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Monday, October 22, 2018
USA Today Says Climate Apocalypse Promises a Balmy Winter
The federal Climate Prediction Center foresees an El Niño system, a band of warm water that periodically appears in the Pacific Ocean, developing in time for this upcoming winter. This in turn means that 2019 will likely be the hottest year for the planet in recorded history, since we’re already at...
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Friday, September 21, 2018
Climate Change Made Florence a Monster—But Media Failed to Tell That Story
That Hurricane Florence broke rainfall records for tropical storms in both North and South Carolina shouldn’t be surprising, as global climate change has increased extreme precipitation in all areas of the continental United States. One analysis released before the massive storm hit, by researchers...
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Aside from the racism of the column’s headline—note that it’s different to say that some individuals in an ethnic group are “crazy rich” than it is to say that a group as a whole is poor because they’re crazy—it’s just empirically wrong to suggest that Middle Eastern countries are poorer as a whole than Asian countries. (Photo: Screengrab) Views
Friday, September 07, 2018
Thomas Friedman’s Crazy Poor Economics
Thomas Friedman ( New York Times , 9/4/18 ) went to the movies and his takeaway from seeing Crazy Rich Asians is that if they made a film about the Middle East, it could be called Crazy Poor Middle Easterners : The region of the world that should be naturally rich has made itself poor by repeatedly...
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