Posts Tagged ‘FAIR’

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FAIR Blog: A Study Says News Networks Prefer – [Are We Really Surprised] – Guest Lawmakers Who Are White, Male, Elderly & Republican

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

“The study was published by the George Mason University School of Law’s Green Bag Journal, and got a brief write-up in the New York Times today (September 13), writes FAIR Blogger Peter Hart. He provides responses from ABC and Meet the Press. Not the others. Hmmm?

He adds that FAIR’s September Issue adds more information about what shows up on the news networks. Hooah!

Conflicts & Transparency at the Washington Post

Saturday, August 28th, 2010

By Peter Hart August 24, 2010
Washington Post ombud Andy Alexander devoted his August 22 piece to lauding how the paper handles stories about its parent company and its various business entanglements – which, as he explains, are rather extensive. The Washington Post Co. owns Newsweek, several television stations, and the Kaplan company, which runs the for-profit Kaplan University, the subject of recent critical media reports.

At the end his piece, the FAIR Blogger Hart suggests that there is a better way for the Post to be slapped on the back. Read the rest here.

Women’s Sports Gets 1.6 Percent of Local TV News Sports Coverage

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

07/13/2010 by Julie Hollar/FAIR Blog

No, that’s not a typo: Only 1.6 percent of sports coverage on L.A.’s three major network affiliates went to women’s sports. On ESPN Sportscenter, it’s 1.4 percent. It’s just slightly higher when you add in ticker-tape coverage. And it’s getting worse, not better: Those numbers are down from about 5 percent in 1989.

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FAIR Activism Update: PBS Ombudsman Agrees That PBS Series Turmoil and Triumph Has a “Credibility Problem”

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

In response to hundreds of letters from FAIR activists, PBS Ombud Michael Getler (7/16/10) agreed with FAIR’s criticism (Action Alert, 7/12/10) of the 3-hour PBS documentary Turmoil and Triumph, a tribute to former Reagan-era Secretary of State George Shultz funded in part by institutions and individuals with close ties to Shultz.
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FAIR Media Advisory: News Media Missing the McChrystal Point

Sunday, June 27th, 2010

Advisory says mainstream news media missed major point of the  Rolling Stone profile by Michael Hasting, that is, the damning portrait of the U.S. war in Afghanistan. And, according to the Advisory, Hastings concluded that the media have mostly “given McChrystal a pass” on several controversies and scandals in the recent past.

Entire article follows.

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O’Reilly’s Non-Existent Arizona Immigrant Crime Wave

Saturday, May 8th, 2010


Peter Hart writes, “Fox host Bill O’Reilly searched around for a reason to support Arizona’s harsh new immigration law, and seemed to settle on the fact that there is a crime wave in Phoenix (5/3/10).”

Uh Oh.

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PBS NewsHour Finds Drilling Critic

Saturday, May 8th, 2010

Peter Hart writes, “We noted last week that the PBS NewsHour’s coverage of the Gulf oil disaster one night included a one-on-one interview with a spokesperson from BP. Going through the show’s coverage since then, a remarkable fact emerged: The show had not interviewed an environmental advocate opposed to the White House plan to increase offshore oil drilling. The reticence to talk about this obvious policy angle was bizarre – though not at all limited to PBS.”

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“Defending Arizona: It’s U.S.’s Fault for Not Wrecking Lives, Damaging Economy”

Saturday, May 8th, 2010

Jim Naureckas critiques a New York Times columnist criticizing critics “impugning the motives” of the new Arizona immigration law, which has been denounced as a “Nazi” or “near-fascist” law, a “police state” intervention, an imitation of “apartheid,” a “Juan Crow” regime that only a bigot could possibly support.

Uh Oh!

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FAIR Media Advisory: Lou Dobbs Quits CNN

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

FAIR:

TV host Lou Dobbs abruptly quit his CNN program yesterday, bringing a sudden end to a television program most notable for its remarkably one-sided presentation of immigration issues. Full FAIR Article.

Dobbs’ nativistic preaching and preening in front of the camera was more than “remarkably one-sided.” He engaged, loathingly, in news demagoguery and got away with it for way tooooooo long. Roberto Lovato, one of the co-founders of Presente.org, was quoted in the New York Times as saying, “We are thrilled that Dobbs no longer has this legitimate platform from which to incite fear and hate.”

Action Alert – FAIR

Friday, September 25th, 2009

USA Today, AP Mislead on Honduran Coup - 9/24/09: This week, ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya returned to Tegucigalpa – though not to office. Unfortunately, press accounts are still misreporting the story behind his ouster, relying on those who supported the coup to supply the explanation for their actions.

More here.

FAIR: Did Parent Company General Electric Stifle MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann?

Friday, August 7th, 2009

August 7 – In the wake of an August 1 expose in the New York Times, an agreement reportedly reached by executives at the parent companies of Fox News Channel and MSNBC to rein in the networks’ two stars’ criticism of each other seems to have fallen apart. The behind-the-scenes deal-making, though, still illustrates the corrosive effect on media of corporate ownership.

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Tell the News Media to Get It Right

Friday, July 24th, 2009

Keep up the pressure for a media debate on healthcare reform that includes single-payer.

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