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Mark Cook on Honduras, Diana Duarte on 'Saving the World's Women'


Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: The media lie that will not die about the Honduras coup is that ousted president Manuel Zelaya was attempting to change the Honduran constitution in order to extend his time in office. But there is nothing new about this current set up; the same lie was used 45 years ago to remove another democratically elected president from office. Journalist Mark Cook has written about the eerie parallels in the September issue of FAIR's magazine Extra!. We'll talk to Mark Cook about his piece and the latest on Honduras. Also this week: 'Saving the World's […]


Michelle Malkin Cooks Up Terrorist Donuts

This article is part of FAIR's study, "Smearcasting, How Islamophobes Spread Bigotry, Fear and Misinformation." Visit the report's special micro-site at or click here to download the full report. Even the world of celebrity fashion is not spared by the Islamophobic smear machine. In May 2008, right-wing blogger Michelle Malkin accused celebrity chef Rachael Ray of sporting a "regular adornment of Muslim terrorists" (Town Hall, 5/28/08) in a Dunkin' Donuts ad. In the ad, Ray wore a black-and-white scarf resembling a keffiyeh, a traditional item of Arab clothing. Malkin characterized Ray's scarf as a "jihadi chic keffiyeh" and a […]


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Letters to the Editor

Murdoch and the Weekly Standard I was disappointed in Michael Corcoran’s article about Rupert Murdoch and the Weekly Standard (Extra!, 9/09). Corcoran’s conclusion is that despite selling the Weekly Standard, “Murdoch still has a powerful soapbox to push his policy preferences.” This gets Murdoch exactly backwards. Murdoch doesn’t have a political agenda. He has a business agenda, and currying favor with people in power is crucial to that business agenda. Murdoch’s broadcast, cable and satellite properties are heavily dependent on favorable government regulation. (The history of Murdoch’s political pandering around the world to gain business advantages is best described in […]


Fraudulent Reporting

U.S. Media on the Mexican Election

The August 21 Mexican elections, which the U.S. media have characterized as "generally fair and clean" (New York Times, 9/27/94) despite widespread protests to the contrary, have presented establishment media in the U.S. with a serious problem: how to make people believe that a ruling party, which could only win elections through massive fraud in good times, could suddenly win an honest election by a landslide -- after reducing workers' real wages by 30 percent in the six-year administration of incumbent President Carlos Salinas, as the New York Times itself has quietly acknowledged in articles in its Business section (9/27/94). […]


Extra! May/June 1991

Articles in the print edition Press Ignores the Obvious in U.S. Energy Policy by Daniel Lazare Peter Panomics Happy talk on the recession by Doug Henwood The Tyranny of the Media Correct The assault on "the new McCarthyism" by Laura Fraser The "Myth" of Racism Integrity at Risk at PBS Elvis' UFO Baby Exposes "Earth Day" Killers! Back From the Brink Battered Women Take a Beating From the Media by Tiffany Devitt and Jennifer Downey What Is a Crisis? Who's the Victim The Return of Shirley Christian Pinochet apologist comes back to Central America By Mark Cook Brutality Coverage: "Thornburgh […]


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 […]


Ebola Story Puts Old Fears in New Virus

Behind media obsession, a sad old story of poverty and priorities


Ebola is less a story about a bizarre new disease and its unpredictably disastrous capacities, and more a sad old story about poverty and priorities.