Media Literacy/Bias

Handmaidens to torture

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If the Bush administration is leading the country into a moral abyss (and it is), the press is helping it get there.

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Is it the PR, or the policy?

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Rumsfeld complains about media manipulation--he should know.

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Smoking Gun: Washington Post hires top Bush speechwriter

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A professional liar from the White House Iraq Group clique brings a "new kind" of conservatism to the Washington Post editorial page.

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Global media abhors US response to 9-11

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Newspapers across the world have strongly criticised the US response to September 11, accusing the Bush administration of bungling its "war on terror" and squandering global goodwill by invading Iraq.

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What's wrong in Oaxaca? Don't ask the Seattle Times

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Independent filmmaker Jill Freidberg (Granito de Arena, This is What Democracy Looks Like) provides a forceful rebuttal to a recent Seattle Times story in which travel writer Jolayne Houtz paints a woefully uninformed and misleading picture of the current political unrest in Oaxaca. Freidberg has travelled back and forth between Seattle and Oaxaca many times in the past several years, documenting social change movements and the current uprising. In her critique, she teases out how a seemingly innocuous travelogue can gloss over complex political realities, as Houtz blithely dismisses the determined motivations of local folks who have had the audacity to step out of Oaxaca's beautiful scenery to demand justice.

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Secret right-wing Network behind ABC's 9/11 deception

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ABC's controversial 9/11 film was conceived and nurtured by a cynical group of right-wing propagandists.

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FBI agents questioned 9/11 program's accuracy a year ago

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F.B.I. Agents Question Accuracy of 9/11 Series

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Wolf Blitzer's legs?

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Just kidding. No, it was Katie Couric's legs (and Lara Logan's photogeneity) that were a favored subject of TV critics reviewing the former Today Show's debut as CBS news host.

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Senate Democrats slam Disney over 9/11 propaganda film

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A letter sent to Disney by Congressional Democratic leadership says ABC's plan to air a highly politicized "documdrama" is an affront to democratic media values.

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ABC defends propaganda film, but 'educational' partner moves to drop project

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Scholastic Drops 9/11 Companion Guide as ABC Insists Criticism of 9/11 Film Unjustified

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The media's job is to interest the public in the public interest. -John Dewey