Search Results for: Jeff Cohen and Martin A. Lee

Jan 1 2013

Hating the Oppressed in Gaza

Victims become villains in U.S. coverage

BBC journalist Jihad Masharawi's 11-month-old son Omar died after shrapnel hit the family home in Gaza; the BBC did not devote a story to Masharawi's loss until 10 days later (Photo source: AP)

Malcolm X once said, “If you aren’t careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are oppressed and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.” Nowhere is this warning more relevant than in the corporate media’s one-sided coverage of Israel’s latest assault on Gaza, which left 160 Palestinians dead, including 105 civilians and 34 children (Palestine Centre for Human Rights). In stark contrast, rockets fired into Israel claimed the lives of four Israeli civilians and two soldiers. One civilian death is one too many, no matter which side suffers, but a kill rate of nearly 27 Palestinians […]

Aug 30 2012

Recommended Reading

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. […]

Feb 1 2006

The Secret Origins of FAIR

How police spies and media moles helped launch a movement

In 1997, the Soviet Union detonated thermonuclear weapons in the sky over the United States, shutting down the Pentagon’s computer systems and leaving the nation vulnerable to invasion and occupation. The U.N., dominated by East Bloc Communists, became the U.S.’s de facto government, forcing schoolchildren to pledge allegiance to the U.N. flag. The year 1997 never fit this profile in reality, but it did in Amerika, the 12-episode miniseries broadcast by ABC in 1987. To this day, Jeff Cohen won’t reveal the identity of the person who sent him an advance script of Amerika. But that anonymous person made Cohen […]

Apr 1 1993

NPR and Cokie Roberts

Executive Director's Report

This is the first issue of Extra! with a special focus on radio–a medium that too often escapes critical scrutiny. As you might expect, FAIR regularly hears complaints about the generally one-sided talk show barrage on commercial radio. What may surprise you is that we get even more complaints about National Public Radio–not because NPR is as offensive  as Rush Limbaugh and company, but because people who turn to radio for serious news expect more than they are getting. And they don’t like the direction it’s heading. (See FAIR’s report on NPR news on pages 18-26.) One figure who symbolizes […]

Jan 1 1992

Friendly Fascism: National Media Give David Duke a Face-Lift

“There’s no doubt in your mind that Duke is a racist?” bellowed John McLaughlin (McLaughlin Group, 10/25/91). His question was directed at Jack Germond, the token liberal in the Group, who hedged and equivocated, unable or unwilling to state the obvious about Louisiana gubernatorial candidate David Duke. “I don’t know whether in his heart he’s a racist or not,” Germond finally replied. “How do I know that?” The mainstream press generally doesn’t like outsiders challenging the two-party political establishment, and most journalists clearly were non kindly disposed toward Duke. But news media consistently deferred to Duke when framing his candidacy, […]

Aug 1 1990

Extra! Special Issue on Labor, Summer 1990

Articles in the print edition Lost in the Margins Labor and the Media by Jonathan Tasini 8 Media Stereotypes About Unions by Jonathan Tasini In Their Own Words: Veteran Labor Reporters Talk About Labor Coverage by Jonathan Tasini The Labor Press: Glasnost Needed by Jonathan Tasini The Great Labor Stories the Media are Missing by Jonathan Tasini Media Owners as Union-Busters by Norman Solomon and Martin A. Lee No Place for Labor on PBS? “Public” TV’s Elite Market by Doug Henwood A Call to Media Activism: Interview with FAIR’s Jeff Cohen The Media Love Labor… When They’re Fighting Environmentalists by […]

Mar 1 1989

U.S. Media on a Terrorist Tirade

No sooner was it established that Pan Am Flight 103 had been destroyed by a bomb than the U.S. media went into its predictable ritual. Journalists prepared President Reagan and President-elect Bush with all the usual questions: How can we bring terrorists to justice? Will we retaliate against any country harboring those responsible for bombing passenger planes? Reagan and Bush responded with the expected tough-sounding rhetoric, Reagan: “We’re going to make every effort to find out who was guilty of this savage thing and bring them to justice.” Bush pledged to “seek hard and punish firmly, decisively, those who did […]

Aug 1 1987

Media Put Reagan Spin on Arias Plan

The signing of the Central America peace accord in Guatemala City set off a U.S. media reaction that showed once again the extent to which White House assumptions are shared by the national press corps. While some reporters have questioned whether President Reagan sincerely supports the Arias plan, virtually all mainstream media accept the administration’s contention that its goal is to bring about “a democratic outcome in Nicaragua.” Over the years journalists have at times challenged the tactics of the contra policy (mining harbors, assassination manuals, lying to Congress), but they never doubt its objective: to promote “democracy.” It is […]