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FAIR announces its selection of “stinkiest media moments of the year”

December 28th, 2012 · No Comments

From the folks at FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting), “The P.U.-litzer Prizes for 2012, Recalling some of the stinkiest media moments of the year.”

Reading through their selections is educational, as they show how active reading can cut through blatant media bias.

Here’s just one example:

–Factchecking Your Friends Award: David Gergen, CNN

When a debate broke out over whether the Obama campaign was exaggerating claims about Mitt Romney and Bain Capital, the long-time TV talking head weighed in with a CNN.com column, “Facts Don’t Support Obama’s Charges Against Romney” (7/16/12). But Gergen admitted that he has “a past relationship with the top partners at Bain that is both personal and financial”– including getting paid to speak at Bain events. So how did this conflicted factchecker investigate criticisms of his friends? He “reached two of the top people whom I know in the company.” Well, that’s one way to get at the truth.

You’ll also want to check out the Fair Blog, another great source of media perspective.

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