Search Results for: Jeff Cohen and Norman Solomon

Aug 30 2012

Staff Biographies


FAIR staff are available for speaking engagements on a variety of key media issues. To contact by email: use first initial (no space) last 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 […]

Aug 30 2012

FAIR in the News

FAIR in the News On Coverage of Iraq …concerns about efforts by mainstream news media organizations to downplay public interest in the crises in the Middle East and the war in Iraq in particular are well founded according to Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), the nation’s most prominent media watchdog group. A FAIR Media Advisory dated 12/19/07 is titled “War Is Over–Say the Pundits: But it’s media, not voters, who seem to have lost interest in Iraq.” FAIR reports that, “To hear many in the mainstream media tell it, the Iraq War is of diminishing importance to American voters. […]

Aug 30 2012

The P.U.-litzers

The P.U.-litzers For the past 12 years, FAIR’s executive director Jeff Cohen and FAIR associate (and “Media Beat” columnist) Norman Solomon have delivered the P.U.-Litzer Awards, recapping the stinkiest journalism of the past year. As you can imagine, there is usually no shortage of contenders. Here we have compiled the “winners” from each year. Take a look for yourself… and remember to hold your nose. Media Beat: Announcing the P.U.-litzer Prizes for 2007 (12/20/05) By Jeff Cohen and Norman SolomonMedia Beat: Announcing the P.U.-litzer Prizes for 2006 (12/20/05) By Norman SolomonMedia Beat: Announcing the P.U.-litzer Prizes for 2005 (12/20/05) By […]

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. […]

Aug 30 2012

Media Beat – Norman Solomon

Media Beat was a weekly syndicated column on media and politics written by FAIR associate Norman Solomon that ran in newspapers across the country. Until 1996, the column was co-written by Jeff Cohen, then FAIR’s executive director. Utne Reader called Solomon one of “the fiercest and most articulate media critics around.” A Los Angeles Times reviewer wrote: “The bold, muckraking tone of these columns offers a welcome respite from the decerebrated discourse that too often passes for contemporary journalism.” Norman Solomon’s latest book is Made Love, Got War: Close Encounters with America’s Warfare State (autumn 2007). He is the author […]

Jul 1 2011

Letters to the Editor

The Bigger Picture on West Bank Death Alex Kane’s analysis of American media coverage of Jawaher Abu Rahmah’s killing by Israeli forces (Extra!, 4/11) was excellent, and I thank him for it. However, Mr. Kane did not point out a major logical flaw in the coverage: Even assuming IDF claims about a pre-existing illness were true, the IDF is still responsible for killing Ms. Abu Rahmah. The point is obvious enough, but just to illustrate: Suppose I assault a man on the street so that I can steal his wallet, and in the course of that crime hit him over […]

Dec 22 2009

The 2009 P.U.-Litzer Awards

For 17 years our colleagues Jeff Cohen and Norman Solomon have worked with FAIR to present the P.U.-Litzers, a year-end review of some of the stinkiest examples of corporate media malfeasance, spin and just plain outrageousness. Starting this year, FAIR has the somewhat dubious honor of reviewing the nominees and selecting the winners. It’s a dirty job, but someone has to do it. So, without further ado, we present the 2009 P.U.-Litzers. –The Remembering Reagan Award WINNER: Joe Klein, Time Time columnist Joe Klein (12/3/09), not altogether impressed by Obama’s announcement of a troop escalation in Afghanistan, wrote that a […]

Dec 22 2007

Announcing the P.U.-litzer Prizes for 2007

Many journalists qualified for the sixteenth annual P.U.-litzer Prizes, but only a few were able to win recognition for turning in one of the truly stinkiest media performances of the year. As the judges for this un-coveted award, we have done our best to confer this honor on the most deserving. And now, the winners of the P.U.-litzers for 2007: SPINNING FOR ANOTHER WAR AWARD — Michael Gordon of The New York Times Continuing where he left off before the Iraq invasion, when he used unnamed official sources to produce wildly inaccurate page-one articles on Iraq’s alleged weapons threat, Gordon […]