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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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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Friday, July 07, 2017
At NYT, Fantasy of Bill Clinton's Centrism Saving the Dems Never Gets Old
Gather round, boys and girls! The New York Times has a fairy tale it wants to tell you—about the magical land of Centrism and how it needs to be saved from the sinister Lefties…. Oh, you’ve heard this story before? Yes, it’s true—the Times has been telling this same story for years, always with the...
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Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Asking Questions of Government Figures Is Not a Crime
West Virginia state police arrested Dan Heyman, a veteran reporter with Public News Service , for repeatedly asking Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price whether being a target of domestic violence would be considered a “pre-existing condition,” allowing health insurance to be denied, under...
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Saturday, April 08, 2017
The Essential Pundit Take: ‘Trump Became President’ by Bombing Syria
“I think Donald Trump became president of the United States” last night, CNN host Fareed Zakaria said when asked about the significance of Trump’s airstrikes on Syria ( New Day , 4/7/17 ). “I think this was actually a big moment.” His explanation is worth quoting at length for its distillation of...
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Thursday, March 02, 2017
WaPo Spins Its Scoop to Minimize Damage to Sessions
The Washington Post , which broke the Jeff Sessions/Russian ambassador story ( 3/1/17 ), is framing it to minimize political damage to the attorney general. Here’s the headline: Sessions Met With Russian Envoy Twice Last Year, Encounters He Later Did Not Disclose But the problem is not that...
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Thursday, February 23, 2017
Trump Didn’t ‘Revoke’ Protections for Trans Students–Because He Can’t
If you’re concerned that someone has authoritarian tendencies, the worst thing you can do is treat them like they have the power to rewrite the law . Yet that’s what many media outlets did in reporting on Donald Trump’s withdrawal of the Obama administration’s guidance to schools on the rights of...
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Monday, February 20, 2017
Are Liberals Helping Trump? Not Much, Apparently
“Are Liberals Helping Trump?” asks the New York Times national correspondent Sabrina Tavernise ( 2/18/17 ). She seems to think they are. “Jeffrey Medford, a small-business owner in South Carolina [who] voted reluctantly for Donald Trump…should be a natural ally for liberals trying to convince the...
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Sunday, February 05, 2017
A Lesson Media Missed About the Dangers of Scapegoating
If you were unfamiliar with the way US corporate media works, you might assume that the murder of six people in a Quebec City mosque, allegedly by far-right white supremacist Alexandre Bissonnette , would be a big story. After all, the January 29 massacre happened when the United States was had...
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