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FAIR's P.U.- litzer prizes for 2012

FAIR - Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting - has once again awarded what it calls its P.U.-litzers for 2012 - or as it likes to call it, the "annual rundown of some of the stinkiest moments in American journalism." FAIR suggests its awards represent "just a sampling of the bias, spin and misinformation that we noted over the course of the year."

Here is one such sample:

Killing Their Four-Year-Old Girls to Save Ours Award: Joe Klein, Time

MSNBC's Morning Joe (10/23/12) had an unusually blunt discussion about U.S drone attacks. When host Joe Scarborough talked about "four-year-old girls being blown to bits," Time's Joe Klein responded:

"The bottom line, in the end, is: Whose four-year-old gets killed? What we're doing is limiting the possibility that four-year-olds here are going to get killed by indiscriminate acts of terror."

Another "beauty":

A Game That Needs Changing Award: PBS

In the first episode (4/11/12) of a four-part series called America Revealed,PBS reported that the agriculture industry "needed a game changer" in the fight against pests—and found it in genetically modified corn. Remarkably enough, the sponsor of the program, Dow Chemical, just happens to be lobbying for approval of its own brand of genetically modified corn.

 

 

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