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  • Media Slam Trump's "Totally Irresponsible" Response To EgyptAir Crash, While Fox Defends It

    ››› ››› JULIE ALDERMAN

    Media figures criticized Donald Trump’s response to the EgyptAir crash saying that it was “totally irresponsible” and “bad practice” for Trump to blame the crash on terrorism despite having no information at the time. Meanwhile, Fox News defended Trump’s “strong statement,” and praised him for saying “exactly what’s on everyone’s mind.”

  • NASA Scientist Warned Deniers Would Distort His Antarctic Ice Study -- That's Exactly What They Did

    ››› ››› DENISE ROBBINS

    A new NASA study found that there has been a net increase in land ice in Antarctica in recent years, despite a decline in some parts of the continent. The study's lead author astutely predicted that climate science deniers would distort the study, even though it does nothing to contradict the scientific consensus on climate change or the fact that sea levels will continue to rise.

  • Al Gore Blasts News Corp. For "Abuse Of Power" In Kicking Current Off Italian TV

    Blog ››› ››› CHRISTINE SCHWEN

    As the Guardian reported, former Vice President Al Gore is fighting back against News Corp. for forcing his television network off the air in Italy. According to Gore, Current TV was told it would be dropped from News Corp.'s Sky Italia because of the network's decision to hire Keith Olbermann.

    Gore pushed back against the News Corp. decision, noting that the incident demonstrates how the company lets ideology get in the way of its business decisions:

    In an interview with the Guardian, Gore said the Current TV news and documentary channel was told unexpectedly three weeks ago that it could no longer be carried by Sky Italia because of its decision to hire a US left-leaning commentator often critical of Murdoch's company.

    He added that the decision reflected how News Corporation operated worldwide. "News Corporation is an international conglomerate with an ideological agenda. It seeks political power in every nation they operate. They wield that power to shut down voices that disagree with the agenda of Rupert Murdoch," Gore said.

  • Bin Laden's 'Don't Bother Assassinating Joe Biden' Quote Was Invented By UK Press

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC BOEHLERT

    Right-wing bloggers are having a laugh at the expense of Vice President Joe Biden this week because it was reported in the U.K. press that documents retrieved during the Osama bin Laden raid showed Al Qaeda's leader didn't consider Biden to be a worthy assassination target. Bloggers are chuckling because of course the topic of Al Qaeda terrorist attacks are funny.

    But what really seems to be driving the story is the money quote from the UK's notoriously unreliable Telegraph newspaper. Note the headline:

    Osama bin Laden to al-Qaeda: 'Don't bother assassinating Joe Biden'

    Typically in journalism, when words appear in quotes that means somebody actually said those words. But not at the Telegraph and not for the Telegraph's Toby Harnden who, in this, case simply invented the bin Laden quote.

    You can go read the Telegraph article, but you won't find the quote from the headline anywhere in the piece (or anything remotely like it) because there's zero indication that bin Laden ever said that or wrote that. Again, Harnden simply made the quote up and then put quotations around it for the headline.

    Then, naturally, right-wing bloggers picked up the quote and repeated it, even though it was fabricated in an apparent attempt to make Biden look bad.