They Stand Corrected

Fighting for truth — and giving you a safe space to weigh in

They Stand Corrected: man standing on a pile of media

Josh Levs fearlessly dissects the narratives spun by mass media, demanding accuracy and integrity in reporting. Josh is poised to hold powerful voices accountable because he IS one of those powerful voices. After two decades in the trenches of big-name national news outlets, he deftly pulls back the curtain for a rare glimpse behind the scenes. They Stand Corrected is the standard of truth in an era defined by uncertainty and misinformation.

Michelle Azriel
Writer, Editor, and Producer

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  • Episode 15: Media & the Fight for Democracy

    Episode 15: Media & the Fight for Democracy

    When big news happens, media organizations clamor for your attention — even if they don’t have any new, concrete information to share with you. This breeds mistakes, hypocrisy, and more. In this episode, Josh explains what he’s watching out for in the coverage of the shooting at a Trump event, described by authorities as an attempted assassination.  Political violence operates against democracy. Inspired by his interview on a conservative radio show, Josh looked into the news media’s role in the fight for democracy, and discovered something:  The media’s effect on anti-democratic forces is different in America from what it is…

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  • Episode 14: Editorial Boards and Crystal Balls

    Episode 14: Editorial Boards and Crystal Balls

    It took only hours for the biggest political story to become a media story too, as news agencies rushed to cover the New York Times’ call for Biden to leave the race. In this episode, Josh explains that the media often treats the Times’ editorial board like the “great and powerful” Oz. In reality, it’s a group of 14 people with opinions. He explains that the media should contextualize this and show that another editorial board, from the biggest paper in an actual swing state, argued the opposite. Also, welcome to new sponsor MIT45! In this episode, you’ll hear from…

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  • Episode 13: A Law to Ban Politicians Lying

    Episode 13: A Law to Ban Politicians Lying

    There’s an irony and media failure at the core of the national freakout over the recent presidential debate. The media’s fixation on President Biden’s demeanor is so much bigger than the focus on former President Trump’s long list of lies. It raises a question at the heart of American democracy this July 4th: Do we value truth? In this episode, Josh dissects the media reactions and discusses a law being considered by another democratic government to ban lies by politicians. He explains that while the First Amendment protects all sorts of speech here, it actually is illegal for Americans to…

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  • Episode 12: Media Need a ‘Hypocrisy Meter’

    Episode 12: Media Need a ‘Hypocrisy Meter’

    A listener asks Josh to fact check media coverage of Republicans’ attacks against Alvin Bragg, the Manhattan D.A. who successfully prosecuted Trump. It highlights a big issue: How the media’s lack of self-awareness severely damages our political scene. Today, how the media washes its hands of responsibility for creating a narrative. Also, why the media needs a “hypocrisy meter” so that it points out when powerful people and entities are “engaging in a level of hypocrisy that is so obvious it can basically be seen from space.” Josh explores how allowing hypocrisy to go unchecked damages not only politics but…

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  • Episode 11: Whitewashing Al Jazeera

    Episode 11: Whitewashing Al Jazeera

    From the way the mainstream media often describes it, you wouldn’t know Al Jazeera is a state-owned propaganda outlet of the Qatari government. And the problem isn’t just that the news organizations hide its identity. They go further, and praise it. Meanwhile, Al Jazeera praises and celebrates terrorists. On this episode of They Stand Corrected, Josh exposes the hypocrisy of news organizations, particularly NPR, that complained about Twitter’s handling of state media labels while refusing to follow their own rules for Al Jazeera. Plus, someone from inside Al Jazeera who blew the whistle on how it shills for the Qatari…

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  • Episode 10: Your Questions Answered: Hamas Numbers, ‘Clear’ Science, Dads’ Heart Health

    Episode 10: Your Questions Answered: Hamas Numbers, ‘Clear’ Science, Dads’ Heart Health

    To mark the tenth episode, Josh answers your questions and shares your comments. First, a viral story that the media got wrong, embarrassing a man who was unfairly sent to jail. Then, the topic of your biggest question of all: casualty figures from Gaza. Josh explains that even after the number of women and children allegedly killed dropped dramatically, media are still trusting Hamas — and trying to cover up the drop. Then, a study that claims “the science is clear” — even though it isn’t. Josh explains the problems with that term, and why this report could make it…

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They Stand Corrected is an important contribution to understanding how media bias has turned too many otherwise thoughtful and informed individuals against the Jewish people.

Elisha Wiesel
Chairman, Elie Wiesel Foundation

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