Media Literacy/Bias

Democracy Now! on the two different wars

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Is America Watching a Different War? American, Lebanese and Israeli Panel on How the US Media is Covering the Invasion of Lebanon

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It's like watching two different wars

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Coverage of the middle east is wildly different depending on whether inside or outside the US; the current conflict is no exception.

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Sheriff files News Council complaint against P-I

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King County Sheriff Sue Rahr filed a complaint with the independent Washington News Council charging bias in Post-Inteligencer coverage of her office.

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The forgotten war in Afghanistan

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With a few stellar exceptions, the U.S. media have largely ignored the fighting in Afghanistan. Here’s why that’s a serious mistake.

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Press overlooks U.S. role as arms merchant in mideast conflict

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For better or worse, the U.S. has a special role in the current conflict as supplier of the best weapons money can buy to one side. Yet the media nearly always underplays this angle, even though it has enormous consequences, not just for those under fire in Lebanon but for Americans at home.

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US press ignores Israeli role in provoking conflict

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Israeli contribution to conflict is forgotten by leading papers

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Coverage of Israel-Lebanon conflict straddles a false "balance beam"

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"I think at the moment, the American press is attempting to be scrupulously balanced -X number of bombs here, X number of rockets there.... But when you look at the death tolls, you have to ask why is the balance so scrupulous?"

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FEMA: a Disaster for freedom of the press

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Katrina victims “not allowed” to talk to media, reporter told

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Two views of the same news find opposite biases

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There was only one thing on which pro-Israeli and pro-Arab audiences agreed. Both were certain that media coverage in the United States was hopelessly biased in favor of the other side.

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