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Jul 1 2014

Spinning Away Israel ‘Gaffes’

Damage control for Christie and Kerry's inadvertent honesty

John Kerry in Jerusalem (photo: State Department)

In recent months, media consumers have received a heavy dose of spin masking the reality of Israeli policy, as journalists rushed to cover Chris Christie’s and John Kerry’s utterances on the country.

Jan 1 2014

Trying to Slay Goliath

Media campaign against book critical of Israel

Blumenthal-Goliath

Max Blumenthal’s first book, Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement That Shattered the Party, was praised in the US corporate media. His deep dive into the Christian right was lauded in the New York Times (1/7/07) and CNN (9/10/09), and featured on NPR’s Fresh Air (9/10/09). The award-winning journalist’s second tome, though, has been met with a much chillier reception. Blumenthal’s Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel, published by Nation Books, is a tour de force through Israeli society. (Disclosure: Blumenthal and I have written for the same website, Mondoweiss, and he is a friend.) It documents the hard-right turn […]

Aug 30 2012

2010 FAIR Sustainers

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Aug 30 2012

Find a Station Near You!

About | Current Shows | Program Archives | Find a Station | Podcast | Bring CounterSpin to Your Station FAIR on the air! CounterSpin, FAIR’s radio program is hosted by Janine Jackson. CounterSpin features the same hard-hitting media criticism that you find on FAIR’s website and in Extra!, the newsletter of FAIR. Please urge radio stations in your area to air the half-hour show. Listen online now.  Learn more about bringing CounterSpin to your station or a station near you. Email Deborah Thomas [e-mail: dthomas (at) fair (dot) org] to report schedule changes for CounterSpin. View Larger Map List of […]

Sep 1 2010

Letters to the Editor

Concern for Kindle I love Extra!, but I have a concern with the August 2010 cover. Having the titles of the three main articles appear inside the Amazon Kindle leads the reader to assume, as I did, that the articles are critical of Amazon’s book reviewing, Amazon stealing literature from the public and Amazon’s profits and propaganda. I love Amazon and was disappointed when I saw this cover. I went on to read the articles and was pleased that they were not an attack on Amazon. But I was then confused as to why you would have set the titles […]

Nov 1 2009

The Money Taboo in Health Reform Coverage

Industry donations to powerful players often go unmentioned

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As powerful lawmakers debate healthcare legislation of enormous potential impact, corporate media have largely failed to explore the problem of health and insurance industries attempting to influence many of these legislators with a flood of campaign contributions. Despite Deep Throat’s urging journalists to “follow the money,” there’s a longstanding media taboo against discussing the role of campaign contributions in healthcare initiatives (Extra!, 1-2/04). This reluctance is particularly striking this year, when health industry spending on lobbying efforts and political contributions is unprecedented. In what the Washington Post (7/6/09) referred to as “a record-breaking influence campaign by the healthcare industry,” $1.4 […]

Jan 1 2009

Scapegoating Minorities for Failures of Banking

Blaming CRA makes little sense, but gets finance industry off the hook

Charles Krauthammer

It seems, on the face of it, a theory too absurd to even be taken seriously: A ragtag band of anti-poverty activists pushes the White House into forcing lenders to make bad loans to poor and minority borrowers, setting off a subprime loan crisis that puts the entire global economy at risk. Yet in the frenzy of coverage as a financial markets collapse loomed in mid-September, the idea that the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) was somehow responsible took off in the media—in the mainstream press as well as on the conservative fringe. One of the most prominent proponents of the […]

Nov 1 2008

Busted Bubble

The press fell down on the job on housing prices

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Over the summer, the country’s two mortgage giants, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, collapsed, marking the definitive bursting of the housing bubble that began in the mid-1990s. Although it was the second major economic bubble in less than a decade, most in corporate media ignored the warning signs. Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic Policy and Research (CEPR) and author of the American Prospect blog Beat the Press, told Extra!: “It continues to be this sort of bad-event story,” with corporate media and the select group of economists on whom they rely acting as though “a hurricane came […]