Television news thrives on drama. Stories that can blend danger and dramatic footage are much more likely to be considered “newsworthy.” So it’s no surprise that extreme weather plays a major role in the network evening news broadcasts. “As we come on the air this Friday night, millions of people are trying to drive home on sheets of ice,” ABC World News anchor Diane Sawyer (2/22/13) announced at the beginning of one broadcast. But for the TV networks, weather events are most often discussed in isolation: A new FAIR study shows that even when covering weather events that scientists suggest […]
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TV news seldom connects extreme weather and global warming
Reporting needed on present-day impacts of global warming
Answers petitions, critics, with more slanted commentary
FAIR and RootsAction presented CNN with a petition signed by over 27,000 activists, demanding the news network present a more balanced discussion of the nuclear power issue. CNN responded by compounding the bias with a post-show roundtable, Nuclear Power: The Fallout From Fear, that featured a panel just as slanted as its title.
Reporters focus on personality instead of policy
Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: The good news from the Democratic Republic of the Congo is that the bloody, Rwandan-backed militia M23 has laid down its arms, mostly due to pressure from the US. But what is US coverage of the story skewing, and what is it leaving out? We’ll talk with Maurice Carney of Friends of the Congo. Also on the show: The average food stamp benefit in this country is about $4.50 per person per day, but Congress has decided they can get by with less; some $5 billion worth of cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance […]
Network to air one-sided advocacy for nuclear power
No conflict seen in Jerusalem reporter's husband representing Israel
The Washington Post responded to FAIR's Action Alert about the Post's Jerusalem bureau reporter, Ruth Eglash, whose husband's links to the Israeli government pose a major conflict of interest. But the paper's response--to the extent that it has any substance at all--seems to misconstrue what a conflict of interest is.
Family tie to Israeli PR poses major conflict of interest
The Washington Post may be violating its own conflict of interest rules by hiring a Jerusalem correspondent whose spouse works for an Israeli government-linked public relations firm. As the website Electronic Intifada (9/18/13) pointed out, correspondent Ruth Eglash's husband, Michael Eglash, is a founding partner of the pro-Israel advocacy group Upstart Activist and is the president of its affiliated PR consulting firm, Upstart Ideas. EI reports that Upstart Ideas has been "deeply involved in efforts to promote Israel and Israeli government policy for years," adding that pro-Israeli propaganda is now Upstart's "main business." A 2010 Jerusalem Post profile ("Zionist Start […]