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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This reckless disregard for the real-world lessons being taught by the virus was by no means confined to the Post. (Photo: Jung Yeon-Je/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Thursday, March 19, 2020
To Defeat Coronavirus, Media Need to Look at Real-World Examples, Not Play ‘Simulitis’
Every news outlet ought to have a chart like this one, from the Financial Times , featured prominently on their home page—because there is no more important question in the coronavirus crisis right now than how to get off the path led by Italy and onto the track of countries like Singapore. As the...
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) waves to supporters at a campaign rally on February 21, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Bernie Sanders Plunges to First Place
Remember when the big winner of New Hampshire was third-place finisher Amy Klobuchar ( FAIR.org , 2/14/20 )? “Bernie Sanders may have come first in New Hampshire, but Amy Klobuchar won,” Bloomberg ( 2/12/20 ) declared (the media company, not the billionaire candidate who owns it). “I would almost...
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On CNN, correspondent Jim Sciutto stated that Sanders “did lose to a small-town mayor.” (Photo: Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Views
Thursday, February 06, 2020
How Corporate Media Make Pete Look Like He’s Winning
If you turn to the New York Times for an update on the excruciatingly and inexplicably slow counting of the votes from the Iowa caucuses, you find what looks like a bar chart showing that South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg did approximately 50 times better than any of his next closest rivals: On...
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Six candidates out of the field qualified for the first Democratic presidential primary debate of 2020, hosted by CNN and the Des Moines Register on Jan. 14. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, January 16, 2020
The Biggest Loser in the Iowa Debate? CNN’s Reputation
The biggest loser from Tuesday night’s Democratic debate ( 1/14/20 ) was CNN’s journalistic credibility. CNN debates have been marked by a tendency to pit one candidate against another, American Gladiators-style (FAIR.org, 8/2/19 ), so it’s no surprise that the cable network took its own...
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Sanders is one of a few candidates treating the climate crisis as an urgent matter—which you would think should inform the framing of an article about expert opinion of his plan. (Photo: Paul Weaver / Flickr) Views
Thursday, November 21, 2019
Sanders’ Plan to Fight Global Climate Disaster Too Ambitious, Says NYT
When Sen. Bernie Sanders announced his $16.3 trillion climate plan, corporate media were quick to throw cold water on it, arguing that the Democratic presidential candidate’s plan was too expensive, and logistically and politically impossible ( FAIR.org , 9/6/19 ). As Sanders fleshed out his plan...
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Sunday, September 29, 2019
Corporate Media Still Waiting for Trump to Knock Over a Bank
Here’s a Doonesbury cartoon by Garry Trudeau from 1974: Things never change, do they—or do they? In 1974, of course, there was an expectation that if Richard Nixon were impeached and put on trial in the Senate, there was a chance that at least some Republicans would vote to remove him from office—...
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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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