FAIR staff are available for speaking engagements on a variety of key media issues. To contact by email: use first initial (no space) last firstname.lastname@example.org Janine Jackson Program Director and CounterSpin Producer/Host Janine Jackson is FAIR’s program director and and producer/host of FAIR’s syndicated radio show CounterSpin. She contributes frequently to FAIR’s newsletter Extra!, and co-edited The FAIR Reader: An Extra! Review of Press and Politics in the ’90s (Westview Press). She has appeared on ABC‘s Nightline and CNN Headline News, among other outlets, and has testified to the Senate Communications Subcommittee on budget reauthorization for the Corporation for Public […]
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Note: FAIR encourages readers to support their local independent booksellers. However, if books mentioned on our site are not available in your area, we offer the ability to purchase some books online in association with the book’s publisher, and Powell’s Books. Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women By Susan Faludi (Crown, 1991) An in-depth, well-documented analysis of the media backlash against feminism. By Invitation Only: How the Media Limit Public DebateBy David Croteau and William Hoynes (Common Courage, 1994) Incorporates Croteau and Hoynes’ classic studies of Nightline, the NewsHour and PBS that document the establishment bias of "prestige" television. […]
It’s become a TV ritual: Every year in mid-January, around the time of Martin Luther King’s birthday, we get perfunctory network news reports about “the slain civil rights leader.” The remarkable thing about this annual review of King’s life is that several years — his last years — are totally missing, as if flushed down a memory hole.
A Memo on Campaign Coverage From FAIR
UNLEVEL PLAYING FIELD: That creaking you hear is the sound of the press corps bending over backwards for the Bush/Quayle ticket. One example of what seems to be a deliberately unlevel playing field was NBC’s tally of likely electoral votes for Bush and Clinton (10/19): NBC estimated that Clinton was likely to get at least 247 electoral votes, compared to Bush’s 151. This seems like bad news for Bush, until you note that the count on CBS was 311-14 in favor of Clinton. The difference is that CBS relied on the latest state-by-state polls, while NBC told Counterspin it was […]
A Memo on Campaign Coverage from FAIR
SURVEY SAYS “HORSE RACE”: Is it possible for voters to cast an informed ballot based on the information they get from the mainstream media? To answer that question, FAIR surveyed more than 500 election articles from three national dailies–the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times. The articles included every news story on the presidential campaign from Jan. 14, when the first special campaign section was begun, until Feb. 19, the day after the New Hampshire primary. The survey, conducted by FAIR research associate Janine Jackson, found that only 12 percent of campaign articles included substantive […]