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Feb 5 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

Oct 1 2012

Guide to Election Coverage 2012

Tropes, tricks and tics of campaign journalism

Every four years, U.S. media spend untold time and energy covering the presidential campaign. And every election cycle there are certain media themes that keep coming back. Extra! has compiled a guide to the most popular recurring tropes, as well as some new additions to keep an eye on in 2012. Candidate Caricatures In 2008, journalists gave us McCain the maverick vs. Obama the snob (Extra!, 5–6/08, 7–8/08): easily digestible caricatures that the candidates’ every action could be forced into. It didn’t matter that McCain toed the party line more than your average Republican, or that Obama’s middle-class, community activist […]

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 […]

Aug 1 2011

Extra! Contents

Volume 24, Number 8

SoundBites Letters COVER STORY The Fires This Time In coverage of extreme weather, media downplay climate change by Neil deMause ‘Humanitarian War’ in Libya—or the Regular Kind? Factchecking the case for Obama’s bombing by Peter Hart Desperate for Democracy in Iraq Protesters fight for what U.S. media say they already have by Julie Hollar The End of the Bill Keller Era NYT chief did not challenge state power—he served it by Michael Corcoran On Lockout, NFL and Media Play on the Same Team TV deals give networks billions of reasons to root for owners by Zachary Tomanelli

Jun 1 2011

‘Serious’ Republicans vs.’Starry-Eyed’ Progressives

Beltway media scorn People’s Budget, hail Ryan hoax

The budget proposal released on April 5 by Rep. Paul Ryan (R.-Wisc.) includes tax cuts for the wealthy, tax hikes for the middle class, drastic cuts in social spending and a radical restructuring of Medicare that would shift most of the cost of healthcare to seniors. Its dubious claims of deficit reduction rely on fatally flawed assumptions and inexplicable projections (CBPP, 4/7/11; CEPR, 4/11). Meanwhile, the 76-member Congressional Progressive Caucus unveiled its own “People’s Budget” proposal on April 13, which would eliminate the deficit in 10 years without eroding social services or raising taxes on the working class. Serious economists […]

Feb 1 2010

Letters to the Editor

Israel Is Not Iran You call attention in your January 2010 issue (“NYT’s Double Standard on Nuclear Proliferation”) to the “unfair” treatment of Iran in comparison to Israel regarding the nuclear issue. You forget that Iran is a signatory to the international non-proliferation treaty. Israel is not. Neither the IAEA nor the international community can compel Israel to adhere to a treaty which it did not sign. How about hard-assing Pakistan and India on non-proliferation? The present Iranian regime wants to destroy Israel. Israel doesn’t give a damn whether Iran exists or not. Only that it should not be dangerous. […]

Jan 1 2010

NYT’s Double Standard on Nuclear Proliferation

Hyping Iranian threat while ignoring Israeli defiance

The New York Times’ treatment of Iranian and Israeli nuclear programs in recent months is a clear example of the systematic double standard the “paper of record” displays in international coverage (Extra!, 8/09). The Times has devoted tremendous space and resources to covering Iran’s nuclear program. Even though, as the Times itself explained (9/26/09), there is “no evidence” that Iran is building a bomb, and despite Iran’s cooperation with international inspectors, the paper has continued to wave the specter of the “Iranian threat”—calling to mind the paper’s warmongering coverage leading up to the invasion of Iraq in 2003 (Extra!, 12/09). […]