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Aug 30 2012

A Special FAIR Report– "The Most Biased Name in News: Fox News Channel Extraordinary Right-Wing Tilt

A Special FAIR Report The Most Biased Name in News: Fox News Channel’s Extraordinary Right-Wing Tilt Fox News Channel wraps itself in slogans of journalistic objectivity like “Fair and balanced” and “We report, you decide,” but FAIR has found a dramatic right-wing tilt in the network’s news. Our report, published in the August 2001 issue of Extra!, is in three parts: The Most Biased Name in News: Fox News Channel’s extraordinary right-wing tilt— a comprehensive overview.   Fox’s Slanted Sources: Conservatives, Republicans far outnumber others— a study of Special Report with Brit Hume. View the guest lists for Fox and […]

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 […]

Apr 20 2009

Index: A

—————— Aarons, Leroy Beyond balance: thorough coverage of gay controversies is still the exception (Ott), 1-2/02;27 Abbas, Mahmoud Nixed signals [when Hamas hinted at peace, U.S. media didn’t take the message] (Ackerman), 9-10/06;10 ABC. see also Nightline ABC does “something useful” [programs on poor children], 11-12/91;19 ABC erased protesters [at the Oscars], 6/99up;3 ABC News goes for the gold, 9/92;16 ABC’s 1984 cover-up for the gipper, 3-4/90;15 ABC’s antiwar “reality check”: world news tonight minimizes support for withdrawal (Hart and Naureckas), 10/05up;4 ABC’s military analyst calls for “excessive force”: CSIS’s cordesman advocates brutality against Palestinians (Ackerman), 1-2/01;23 ABC’s one-color TV, […]

Feb 1 2006

The Language of Extra!

Reflections on fairness and accuracy

A major focus of my research is the way language can be used to oppress or empower, and I have applied this perspective to media discourse in my writing for Extra! magazine. This has given me an opportunity to reflect on what it means—for media critics as well as for those we scrutinize—to be precise, independent, reasonable and evenhanded. By examining the work of fellow writers for Extra! over the past 20 years and in learning from my own assignments, I have altered both my own approach to criticism and my definitions of key terms. My first project for Extra! […]

Nov 1 2001

Patriotism & Censorship

Some journalists are silenced, while others seem happy to silence themselves

War fever in the wake of the September 11 attacks has led to a wave of self-censorship as well as government pressure on the media. With American flags adorning networks’ on-screen logos, journalists are feeling rising pressure to exercise “patriotic” news judgment, while even mild criticism of the military, George W. Bush and U.S. foreign policy are coming to seem taboo. On September 17, Bill Maher, host of ABC’s Politically Incorrect, took issue with Bush’s characterization of the hijackers as “cowards,” saying that the label could more plausibly be applied to the U.S. military’s long-range cruise missile attacks than to […]

Jul 1 2001

The Most Biased Name in News

Fox News Channel's extraordinary right-wing tilt

Rupert Murdoch at Davos (photo: Monika Flueckiger/World Economic Forum)

“I challenge anybody to show me an example of bias in Fox News Channel.”–Rupert Murdoch (Salon, 3/1/01) Years ago, Republican party chair Rich Bond explained that conservatives’ frequent denunciations of “liberal bias” in the media were part of “a strategy” (Washington Post, 8/20/92). Comparing journalists to referees in a sports match, Bond explained: “If you watch any great coach, what they try to do is ‘work the refs.’ Maybe the ref will cut you a little slack next time.”   But when Fox News Channel, Rupert Murdoch’s 24-hour cable network, debuted in 1996, a curious thing happened: Instead of denouncing it, […]

Jul 1 2001

Bill O’Reilly’s Sheer O’Reillyness

Don't call him conservative-- but he is

Fox News Channel‘s star performer is undoubtedly Bill O’Reilly. Host of the nightly talk-show The O’Reilly Factor and author of the best-selling book of the same name, O’Reilly epitomizes Fox‘s in-your-face style. A former anchor for the tabloid Inside Edition whose upcoming contract is reportedly worth $20 million (Boston Globe, 3/14/01), O’Reilly poses nightly as an outraged common man speaking out against the corruption of the liberal elites who run the country from Hollywood and Washington. “We’re the only show from a working-class point of view,” he once told the Washington Post (12/13/00). “I understand working-class Americans. I’m as lower-middle-class […]

Apr 1 2001

New York Times Changes Take on Colombian Death Squads

Extra! Update April 2004

In January, the already bleak human rights situation in Colombia was reported to be in a state of “alarming degradation,” according to United Nations human rights observers (Associated Press, 1/20/01). A joint report from Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the Washington Office on Latin America (“Colombia Human Rights Certification II,” 1/01) found that “political violence has marked­ly increased” since the first installment of the U.S.’s $1.3 billion Plan Colombia aid package was dispersed in August. There were 26 massacres in the first half of January alone, claiming the lives of perhaps 170 people (Associated Press, 1/20/01). The killings were […]