Search Results for: Rick Carp

Aug
01
2013

Letters to the Editor August 2013

Always Getting Disability Facts Wrong Big thanks to both Neil de Mause (“Disabled Are New Targets for Charges of Cheating,” 6/13; CounterSpin, 6/7/13) and Janine Jackson (“Media Offer Limited Roles for People With Disabilities: ‘Inspiration’ or Invisible,” 11/12). I had not read Kristof’s piece, so thank you, Neil. The media gets disability facts wrong ALL THE TIME!!! I know from working for a law firm (the Hawkins Center in Richmond, Calif.) that aids people both in securing Social Security benefits and challenging denials that it is not easy to qualify for Social Security disability. As deMause points out, the media […]

Dec
01
2012

The Moderators’ Agenda

Debate questions reveal limited scope

CBS Presidential Debate 10/22/12

The establishment media figures who moderated the 2012 major-party candidate debates confined the discussion to a remarkably narrow range of topics, a FAIR analysis of debate questions finds. A wide variety of topics were never brought up in questions during the six total hours of debate. Among economic subjects, no questions were asked about poverty, income inequality, the housing crisis, labor unions, agriculture or the Federal Reserve. Social issues were similarly truncated, with no questions raised about race or racism, gay rights (including marriage equality), civil liberties, criminal justice or drug legalization. Despite the fact that four Supreme Court justices […]

Nov
01
2012

Not for Teacher

Journalists take sides in Chicago strike

Supporter of 2012 Chicago teacher strike (cc photo: Alejandro Quinones)

Among corporate media pundits, hostility towards teachers’ unions spans the ideological spectrum (Extra!, 9/10). And in supposedly straight news reporting, the policy goals of corporate “reformers”―support for charter schools and teacher ratings based on standardized test statistical models―are treated as common sense instead of contested and controversial. So when the Chicago Teachers Union went out on strike this September, it was never in doubt which side the corporate media would take. The story of Chicago, as they framed it, was that well-paid teachers in an underperforming, cash-strapped school system wanted more money, and opposed any attempt to hold them accountable […]

Oct
01
2009

Letters to the Editor

Special 9/11 edition

Our exchange on the August 2009 letters page about September 11 conspiracy theories provoked a great deal of response. The following are a sampling of these letters. I take issue with your response to Reese Sullivan's letter (8/09), and your explanation for why FAIR doesn't deal with questions about mainstream media coverage of the events of 9/11/2001. It produces more questions than it answers. You describe why you don't "take corporate media to task" for failing to include "an alternative to the standard account" of those events. This suggests that FAIR's policy is to accept mainstream media's analysis of events, […]

Nov
01
2007

No Way Out

Withdrawing from withdrawal from Iraq

Historians analyzing the phases of the Iraq War might find one period particularly striking. The midterm elections of 2006 removed the Republican Party's grip on Congress, and exit polls and political analysts agreed that the Iraq War was the principal cause for their defeat. And yet the public's dissatisfaction produced, oddly enough, an escalation of the war in Iraq. While much blamed can be pinned on compliant Democrats, the mainstream media played its role by reframing the discussion of the war to exclude the possibility of ending it by withdrawing U.S. forces. Whatever the White House might be able to […]

Mar
01
2007

Editor's Note

Molly Ivins, 1944-2007

America lost one of its most incisive political writers—and FAIR one of the supporters we were most proud to have—when Molly Ivins died from breast cancer on January 31 at the age of 62. Molly got her start in journalism at the complaints department of the Houston Chronicle—which must have been an education—and was editor of the estimable Texas Observer in the 1970s, before being hired away by the New York Times as part of an ill-fated effort to spice up its stodgy writing. (She was famously called on the carpet in 1980 for calling a chicken-killing contest a “gang […]

Sep
17
2001

Media March to War

In the wake of the devastating attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, many media pundits focused on one theme: retaliation. For some, it did not matter who bears the brunt of an American attack: "There is only one way to begin to deal with people like this, and that is you have to kill some of them even if they are not immediately directly involved in this thing." --former Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger (CNN, 9/11/01) "The response to this unimaginable 21st-century Pearl Harbor should be as simple as it is swift-- kill the bastards. A gunshot […]

Nov
01
1997

The Global Media Giants

We are the world

Time Warner offices with Rochester skyline/Photo: Thomas Belknap

A specter now haunts the world: a global commercial media system dominated by a small number of superpowerful, mostly U.S.-based transnational media corporations. It is a system that works to advance the cause of the global market and promote commercial values, while denigrating journalism and culture not conducive to the immediate bottom line or long-run corporate interests. It is a disaster for anything but the most superficial notion of democracy--a democracy where, to paraphrase John Jay's maxim, those who own the world ought to govern it. The global commercial system is a very recent development. Until the 1980s, media systems […]