Media Literacy/Bias

News outlets fail to report Lebanese death tolls

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If you don't think there's a difference on how the U.S. media cover the warring sides, then try to imagine what the press coverage would have looked like yesterday if 50 Israeli citizens had been killed by the missiles that hit Haifa.

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New York Times tells a whopper about legality and morality of Israel’s actions

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The lead editorial for The New York Times on July 15 was entitled “Playing Hamas’s Game,” and it told a whopper.

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Foreign media scramble to win over Arab viewers

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Western media outfits, most with public funding and partly political motives, are racing to add more Arabic TV channels and Web sites to the mix, undeterred by scant advertising revenue.

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Seeking journalistic courage in Washington, D.C.

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Journalistic courage should include the refusal to publish in a newspaper or carry on a TV or radio news show any statements made by the President or any other government official that are designed solely as a public relations tool, offering no new or valuable information to the public.

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Because this Is the Middle East

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CBS' Schieffer ignores context in Mideast crisis

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Laura Bush complains "good polls" never show up on the front page

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Interviewed with her husband on "Larry King Live" on Thursday night, Laura Bush once again charged that "good polls" for the president never end up on the front page.

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The "social security and medicare" syndrome

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People should demand that the reporters get this simple point right and stop telling scare stories on Social Security.

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Does America's press believe in freedom of the press?

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The Wall Street Journal's cowardly shot at The Times -- in its institutional voice -- sounds a very sinister note amidst hot-headed talk about using the Wilson-era Espionage Act against newspapers and leakers. Just the threat of prosecution will chill an already timid press and intimidate its sources in the civil service.

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Coulter backs call for execution of 'NYT' Editor, but prefers firing squad

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In her latest syndicated column, Ann Coulter, already the center of controversy for suggesting violent measures to combat certain liberals, defended the recent call by radio talk show host Melanie Morgan that Bill Keller, executive editor of The New York Times, be sent to the "gas chamber" for committing "treason."

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Southern California and New England launch independent news councils

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The Minnesota News Council and the Washington News Council, today announced that Southern California and New England were the winners in a national competition to create two new local news councils.

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