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Oct 09 2015

ACTION ALERT: Why Do Conservatives Get to Question Candidates–but Not Progressives?

Hugh Hewitt (cc photo: Bill Rice)

One of three panelists CNN selected for the Republican debate last month was conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt. But at the upcoming Democratic debate, CNN is not planning to include a single progressive advocate among its panel of four questioners.

May 01 2015

Soundbites May 2015


Remembering ‘News Dissector’ Danny Schechter When I launched FAIR in 1986, we had virtually no allies in the mainstream media. Except for Danny, then a producer at ABC’s 20/20. He was full of encouragement—telling us how important that we launch this group to monitor corporate media misdeeds. He gave us at FAIR crucial advice in those first years. And we were amazed at the unique segments on economic or racial injustice he was able to get on 20/20—overcoming many obstacles. From inside the belly of the beast in the late 1980s, he told us of his concern that FAIR might […]

Apr 07 2015

Baseball Park Metal Detectors Fail to Set Off Journalists’ BS Detectors

Crowds outside Yankee stadium (NYT photo: Ruth Fremson)

If reporters had asked actual security experts, they’d have found there’s no evidence that walkthrough metal detectors at ballgames make anybody safer — and reason to believe they may even make us less safe.

Mar 20 2015

Danny Schechter, 'News Dissector' and Creator, Dies at 72

Danny Schechter, groundbreaking media critic and legendary producer for both corporate and alternative media, died on March 19 at the age of 72.

Dec 01 2014

The ‘Center’ Always Holds

After midterm losses, media--of courses--advice Dems to move right

Joni Ernst, 2014 midterm elections

With the Democrats suffering substantial losses in the 2014 midterm elections, pundits and political journalists offered the same advice as always: Move to the right.

Nov 06 2014

The ‘Center’ Always Holds

Media advise Dems to move to the right once more


Corporate media always recommend Democrats move to the right after an election.

Oct 10 2014

Gary Webb & Kill the Messenger, Katha Pollitt on Abortion Rights


This week on CounterSpin: The new film Kill the Messenger tells the story of investigative journalist Gary Webb, whose 1996 Dark Alliance series exposed links between drug traffickers and the US-backed Contras in Nicaragua. Prestige outlets like the New York Times devoted serious resources to going after Webb in an attempt to discredit his reporting. We’ll go back to the CounterSpin archives to hear from Webb himself.

Also on the show: You might think you hear enough about abortion in the press. A new book says: We need to talk about abortion differently. PRO: Reclaiming Abortion Rights is the latest from author, poet and Nation columnist Katha Pollitt. We’ll talk with her about reframing that conversation.

Oct 01 2014

#FTP Film Tha Police

Communities of color use media to protect themselves

Police officer Darren Wilson arresting a citizen for filming him.

Communities of color are learning to rely on themselves to report on what happens around them–and to them–by recording images of police activity.