Search Results for: Julie Hollar

Oct
22
2010

Steve Rendall and Julie Hollar on PBS

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: What's public about public TV? That's the question posed by new research by FAIR, the group that brings you this show. PBS was founded to serve as a real alternative to commercial television, to be the place where you could find perspectives and views that the corporations that pay for commercial TV wouldn’t want to support. The network may have some very good programming still, but how well is it serving the goals with which it was charged? FAIR's expose looks at news and public affairs programming, in the wake of the disappearance from […]

Apr
04
2008

Raed Jarrar on Iraq, Julie Hollar on Somalia

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: The war in Iraq re-appeared on American TV screens last week, when the Iraqi government decided to confront Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's militias mostly in the southern city of Basra and parts of Baghdad. Those paying attention to the corporate media's coverage of the fighting could have been easily confused by the dominant storyline. We'll try to sort it all out with Raed Jarrar, Iraqi political analyst and blogger. Also on CounterSpin today, the U.S. press had been ignoring Somalia for years until 2006 when the U.S. government began alleging the Islamist governing forces […]

Oct
13
2006

Julie Hollar and Bob McChesney on the PBS NewsHour and public broadcasting

Download MP3 Today on CounterSpin: A new FAIR study of PBS’s flagship news program, the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, finds that the show that describes itself as “evenhanded” and “inclusive of all perspectives” unfortunately fails rather resoundingly on both counts. The findings would be disheartening for any news outlet, but what does it mean that the diversity of the public and the public interest are poorly served even in the arena that was set aside expressly with those values in mind? We’ll talk about the NewsHour study and the ‘public’ in broadcasting with study co-author Julie Hollar of FAIR and […]

Feb
05
2014

Extra! February 2014

Extra! cover, February 2014

SoundBites Abortion Restrictions Soar, Media Coverage Sags National papers underreport shifting landscape by Julie Hollar COUNTERSPIN INTERVIEW Public Sector Workers Are ‘the Easiest Kid to Pick On’ Dean Baker on Detroit bankruptcy Fallujah Slaughter Rewritten as Sacrifice Power vacuum—or memory hole? by Peter Hart Muzzling Critics—or Building Media Democracy? Ecuador media law riles US journalists by Peter Hart FAIR STUDY Names in the News—or Not People, places and issues on cable news in 2013 by Melanie Nakashian and Jim Naureckas

Jan
01
2013

Talking About--but Not With--Latino Voters

Electoral power not matched by media presence

Maria Teresa Kumar, a rare out-of-house Latina appearance on TV.
Source: MSNBC's News Nation

The Latino vote has been widely credited in the mainstream news media with playing a major role in securing Barack Obama’s re-election. According to the polling organization Latino Decisions, the president won 75 percent of the Latino vote, compared with 23 percent for Romney, a 3-to-1 margin (Foreign Affairs, 11/15/12). But while the stereotypical sleeping giant woke up, that does not mean that the mainstream media, especially television news shows, wanted to talk with the Latino electorate. They just wanted to talk about them. Extra! looked at hundreds of transcripts of post-election coverage and found that the majority of both […]

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

FAIR in the News

FAIR in the News As part of our outreach work, FAIR spokespersons discuss and debate media issues on national TV and radio programs, and on local shows across the U.S. Below are a few highlights from recent coverage of FAIR's work. Zogby-O'Leary Poll: ConWebBlog, (10/27/09) We've previously detailed how WorldNetDaily author Brad O'Leary uses slanted polling by Zogby to peddle his right-wing attacks on President Obama. Well, O'Leary has outdone himself. As Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting noted, the latest Zogby-O'Leary poll includes the following question: Federal Communications Commission Chief Diversity Czar Mark Lloyd wants the FCC to force good […]

Jun
01
2012

NATO Protesters Free to Shout Down Hole

Praising police, ignoring protesters’ message

Veterans tossed away their medals at the NATO protest--Photo Credit: Democracy Now!

If a protester shouts in a city and no one’s there to hear, does she make a sound? Police corral protesters into so-called “free speech” zones, far from their intended political targets and on streets emptied of passersby. Corporate mass media barely cover the protesters’ message. The voices of protest are heard almost exclusively by fellow protesters on the streets and readers of independent media, and corporate journalists declare it a triumph of free speech. This is the reality of American protest today, on display in Chicago during the NATO summit protests in May. The news story that emerged was […]