Search Results for: Norman Solomon

Nov 11 2015

60 Minutes Stands With Secret Keepers Against Those Who Expose Them

60 Minutes screenshot: "Into Dangerous Hands"

Elite journalists all too often have a tendency to identify not with those who expose official secrets but with those who persecute those who expose them

Jan 29 2015

Sterling Conviction a Victory for Government's Right to Hide

Jeffrey Sterling with his wife Holly (photo: AP)

In a major loss for press freedom and the right of citizens to be informed about what their government is doing, CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling was convicted this week on nine felony counts related to his supposed exposure of a bungled CIA operation.

Dec 01 2014

Still Killing the Messenger

A feature film prompts a new round of attacks on Gary Webb

Detail from 'Kill the Messenger' poster

For the Washington Post and other major newspapers, the release of the movie about Gary Webb–Kill The Messenger–was just a new opportunity to smear his reputation.

Oct 20 2014

Official Sources May Be the Only Sources

Risen case tests reporters' power to reveal government wrongdoing

James Risen, New York Times

James Risen’s supporters fear that the US Department of Justice within the self-proclaimed “most transparent administration in history” is preparing to deliver a body blow to the First Amendment’s promise of press freedom.

Mar 01 2014

Jeff Bezos and the Imperial Paper

Washington Post’s prestige based on proximity to power


Amazon’s Jeff Bezos paid $250 million for the Washington Post—but Amazon is being paid more than twice that by the CIA.

May 01 2013

License to Kill

Little scrutiny of resolution that greenlighted 'War on Terror'

Photo Credit: Time

Little scrutiny of resolution that greenlighted ‘War on Terror’Early this spring—in a five-page spread headlined “So, Who Can We Kill?”—Time (4/1/13) reported on pressures putting “Obama and his drone war on the defensive.” Notably, much of the article focused on the Authorization for Use of Military Force that zipped through Congress three days after 9/11. During more than a decade of Washington’s wars, AUMF has rarely undergone scrutiny from major media outlets. Very few mainstream U.S. journalists offered anything but praise when Congress passed the resolution, which declared that the president is authorized to use all necessary and appropriate force […]

Feb 08 2013

Norman Solomon on Iraq War Ten Years Ago, Richard Kim on Ed Koch


This week on CounterSpin: “Irrefutable” was the headline on the Washington Post editorial responding to Secretary of State Colin Powell’s UN presentation making the case for war on Iraq. That was ten years ago this week; we’ll talk with author and activist Norman Solomon, co-founder of about how much difference there is between then and now.

Also on the show: Reading the eulogies for late New York City mayor Ed Koch, you’d think he was a universally loved figure. But for the not so adoring, Koch is remembered as an antagonist of ethnic minorities who presided over massive corruption and failed to adequately confront the emerging HIV/AIDS pandemic. We’ll explore how Koch dealt with the pandemic with Nation editor Richard Kim.

Aug 30 2012

Staff Biographies


FAIR staff are available for speaking engagements on a variety of key media issues. To contact by email: use first initial (no space) last Janine Jackson Program Director and CounterSpin Producer/Host Janine Jackson is FAIR’s program director and and producer/host of FAIR’s syndicated radio show CounterSpin. She contributes frequently to FAIR’s newsletter Extra!, and co-edited The FAIR Reader: An Extra! Review of Press and Politics in the ’90s (Westview Press). She has appeared on ABC‘s Nightline and CNN Headline News, among other outlets, and has testified to the Senate Communications Subcommittee on budget reauthorization for the Corporation for Public […]