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Nov 20 2015

‘You No Longer Have Your Constitutional Right to Civil Jury Trial’

CounterSpin interview with Joanne Doroshow on forced arbitration

Joanne Doroshow (image: Fox News)

“Even though there should be a right to go to court to remedy discrimination, to remedy fraud and abuse, the Court said: We don’t care; if a company wants to force you to arbitrate, that’s OK.”

Aug 30 2012

2010 FAIR Sustainers

Your generous donations have topped the goal for our year-end fundraising! We are incredibly grateful for the overwhelming show of support. In 2011 we’ll keep fighting corporate media misinformation…thanks to you! If your name was missed, or if you wish to be removed from the list, please contact FAIR Watchdog $1000+ Matt Clark Warren Habib Francis Hagan Michael Protzel FAIR Gadfly $500-999 Judith Belzer & Michael Pollan The Bungie Foundation Xan Gregg Stephen Hillyer Roger Myers Kathleen Naureckas Chris Orr Peter Sills David Suisman Peter Thompson FAIR Advocate $250-499 Joani Blank Jonathan Breslau Alan Carlson Mary Cleveland Thomas Cramp […]

Nov 1 2010

Does NewsHour ‘Help Us See America Whole’?

A FAIR study of PBS’s flagship news show

A new FAIR study of the PBS NewsHour finds that public television’s flagship news program continues to feature sources drawn largely from a narrow range of elite white male experts. The study, the third FAIR has conducted of the NewsHour since 1990, documents a pattern of failure by the PBS news show to fulfill the mission of public television to provide a broader, more inclusive alternative to commercial news programs. The 1967 Carnegie Commission Report on public television, which spawned 1967’s Public Broadcasting Act and gave birth to PBS, suggested that public television “should be a forum for debate and […]

Jan 22 2010

Norman Solomon on Mass. election, Glenn Greenwald on anonymous sources


Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: Corporate media chatter about the Republican Senate victory in Massachusetts reflects participants’ priorities: which means you’re unlikely to hear advice offered to Democrats other than that they should act more like Republicans. Is that the takeaway? We’ll get another angle from journalist and activist Norman Solomon. Also on the show: Anonymous news sources are a journalistic scourge, abetting some of the worst policies of our times, and allowing the powerful to escape accountability. But are they simply an occasional problem in reporting, or central to the way corporate journalism operates? We’ll talk to Salon‘s […]

Mar 19 2007

Iraq and the Media: A Critical Timeline


It’s hardly controversial to suggest that the mainstream media’s performance in the lead-up to the Iraq War was a disaster. In retrospect, many journalists and pundits wish they had been more skeptical of the White House’s claims about Iraq, particularly its allegations about weapons of mass destruction. At the same time, though, media apologists suggest that the press could not have done much better, since “everyone” was in agreement on the intelligence regarding Iraq’s weapons threat. This was never the case. Critical journalists and analysts raised serious questions at the time about what the White House was saying. Often, however, […]

May 1 2003

That’s Militainment!

The Pentagon's media-friendly 'reality' war

The media build-up to war presented a military attack on Iraq as an overwhelming natural force whose momentum could not be stopped. “The clock is ticking,” NPR reported in early March (3/8/03), with soldiers in Kuwait complaining that there was “too much waiting around.” Military preparations were like a “huge gun and every day you cock the hammer back a little more.” February 15 marked the first time in history that millions of people around the world demonstrated against a war before it started. But Dan Rather and Tom Brokaw were already wearing khakis in the desert, driving humvees, profiling […]

Mar 1 2000

Digital Divide Provides Opportunities for Corporate Spin

How to Win Puff Coverage by Donating Computers

Articles on corporate donations of computers to schools are commonplace these days. Indeed, if you work for a corporation and you’re looking for positive publicity, or the sort of thing that PR spindoctors call “corporate goodwill,” donating a handful of computers to a local school is a pretty sure bet. You’ll pick an impoverished one, of course: The schools in wealthy neighborhoods already have computers; many have a few in every classroom. And it has to be computers. True, lots of impoverished schools don’t have enough textbooks, or enough teachers, or even enough money for pencils, chalk and toilet paper. […]