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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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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Saturday, May 19, 2018
The Surprising Popularity of ‘Far Left’ Policies
“The Far Left Is Winning the Democratic Civil War” was the headline over a Washington Post report ( 5/16/18 ) on the results of recent primary elections. So what counts as “far left” to the Washington Post , the newspaper owned by the world’s richest human? Here are the positions cited by the Post...
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“Woman in Chador Walks by Anti-US Mural”(Photo: Screenshot) Views
Friday, May 11, 2018
Who’s Reacting to Iran Deal Pull-Out? Why, It’s Women in Chadors, Walking Past Anti-US Mural
Adam Johnson ( FAIR.org , 10/21/17 ) called the “Woman in Chador Walks by Anti-US Mural” image “one of the most overused and toxic stock photos.” Documenting its ubiquity in online US coverage of Iran, Johnson argued that the cliche photo of “one or two Iranian women clad in black chadors, faces...
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"This is not the first time US media, or the New York Times in particular, have erased US responsibility Libya’s travails." (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Friday, May 04, 2018
How Did Benghazi Become a Ruin? NYT Ignores US Role—in Multiple Media
New York Times Cairo bureau chief Declan Walsh went to Benghazi, Libya, which is in ruins, to find out how it got that way. “When I went to Benghazi, I was guided by one main question: How did the city come to this?” he declares in his multimedia presentation, which combines text, audio, video and...
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 Did Gadhafi actually threaten to massacre civilians? (Photo: BRQ Network/flickr/cc) Views
Tuesday, May 01, 2018
NYT Examines How History Impacts Korean Talks–but Its Own Memory Is Fuzzy
In a New York Times news analysis ( 4/29/18 ) examining how the overthrow of Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi after he agreed to halt his nuclear program might influence North Korean thinking about disarmament, the Times ’ Peter Baker writes that “President Barack Obama and European allies launched military...
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"In 1988’s People, the Press and Politics report—it found, surprisingly, that “conservatives” didn’t really exist. That is, there was no significant group of voters that embraced what was then and now the overwhelming ideology of the Republican Party—socially repressive and economically favoring the rich." (Photo: @BusinessInsider/Twitter) Views
Tuesday, March 06, 2018
Social Media and the Rise of the ‘Consistent Liberal’
The Pew Research Center ( 3/1/18 ) recently released a survey on political attitudes by generation. “America is politically sorted by generations in a way it never has before,” was the takeaway of New York ‘s Jonathan Chait ( 3/1/18 ). Well, sort of. The generational divide is a striking feature of...
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"Bob believed deeply in journalism, both as a vital force for shaping the world and as a moral imperative." (Photo: AP) Views
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
A Tribute to Robert Parry: Independent Journalism at Its Best
Journalism lost one of its most valuable investigators when Robert Parry died from pancreatic cancer on January 27, at the age of 68. He was the first reporter to reveal Oliver North’s operation in the White House basement (AP, 6/10/1985), and the co-author of the first report on Contra drug-...
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Thursday, October 05, 2017
Two Charts on the Gun Crisis: One Hopeful, One Hopeless
Vox ‘s German Lopez ( 10/2/17 ) came out with a listicle after the Las Vegas mass shooting: “Gun Violence in America, Explained in 17 Maps and Charts.” I found two of the graphics particularly interesting: one because it brought hope, and the other because it blew that hope away. Here’s the hopeful...
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 It almost sounds like the newspaper owned by the second-wealthiest person in the world doesn’t want people talking about how much the extremely rich own compared to the rest of us. Views
Tuesday, October 03, 2017
WaPo Defends Boss Against Sanders’ Charge That He’s Extremely Wealthy
The vaunted Washington Post factchecking team is once again applying its microscope to Sen. Bernie Sanders. This time ( 10/2/17 ), they’re taking a look at this assertion: Bernie Sanders Claims the World’s Six Wealthiest People Have as Much Wealth as Half the Global Population An awkward thing...
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Wednesday, August 02, 2017
Talking About a Media Revolution
It’s long been clear that if we want to avoid catastrophic climate disruption on a scale that threatens human civilization, we need to leave vast amounts of fossil fuels in the ground. Environmental writer Bill McKibben pointed out the math in a crucial 2012 article for Rolling Stone : To avoid...
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