Search Results for: Sheldon Rampton and John Stauber

Aug 30 2012

Recommended Reading

Note: FAIR encourages readers to support their local independent booksellers. However, if books mentioned on our site are not available in your area, we offer the ability to purchase some books online in association with the book’s publisher, and Powell’s Books. Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women By Susan Faludi (Crown, 1991) An in-depth, well-documented analysis of the media backlash against feminism. By Invitation Only: How the Media Limit Public DebateBy David Croteau and William Hoynes (Common Courage, 1994) Incorporates Croteau and Hoynes’ classic studies of Nightline, the NewsHour and PBS that document the establishment bias of "prestige" television. […]

May 28 2004

Greg Mitchell on NY Times’ mea culpa, Sheldon Rampton on Banana Republicans

Download MP3 The New York Times finally responded to critics who have been slamming the paper’s reporting on Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction. But what was missing from their mea culpa? CounterSpin will ask Editor & Publisher’s Greg Mitchell. Also this week: the Republican Party controls all major branches of the federal government. Is America becoming a one-party state? And how does the GOP’s dominance play out in the mainstream media? We’ll ask Sheldon Rampton, co-author of the new book Banana Republicans: How the Ring Wing is Turning America into a One-Party State. LINKS: ‘The New York Times,’ in Editors’ […]

Mar 1 2004

Waiting Till the First Cow Dies

Herd reporting on mad cow disease

It’s the day after U.S. Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman announced the first case of mad cow disease in the United States, the telephones at the Center for Media 8c Democracy in Madison, Wisconsin are ringing con­stantly with press inquiries. “I’ve never seen anything like this in my 30 years of activism!” John Stauber, executive director of the center and co­author of the 1997 book Mad Cow U.S.A., says. Stauber has been warning for years about the threat of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), better known as mad cow disease, com­ing to America. And after years of very limited press interest, this […]

Sep 1 2003

The ‘Sheer Genius’ of Embedded Reporting

Pentagon press policy follows a PR script

In the wars of the 1980s and ’90s, military planners placed consider­able emphasis on controlling the information that reached the American public. Journalists were excluded from the wars in Grenada and Panama until the fighting was already concluded. This in turn led to com­plaints from journalists, and in the 1990 war in Iraq, code-named Operation Desert Storm, the Pentagon adopted a “pool system” through which a hand­picked group of reporters was allowed to travel with soldiers under tightly con­trolled conditions. Between August 1990 and January 1991 only the “com­bat pools”—about 23 groups of reporters —were allowed access to military units […]

May 1 1998

Oprah’s Free–Are We?

In 13 states, no First Amendment for food critics

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) must be breathing a sigh of relief. Their six weeks of courtroom combat with TV star Oprah Winfrey may have officially failed to silence her concerns about food safety, but in practice it came pretty damn close. Despite Winfrey’s legal victory, the bottom-line lesson for the rest of us is grim: In 13 states, the First Amendment no longer applies on food-related subjects. Investigating, speaking or writing about issues from mad cow disease to pesticides to food additives can cost you years of legal hell and a lifetime of debt hiring lawyers and experts […]

Jan 1 1997

Saving the Earth Isn’t Their Job

Rachel Carson wouldn't recognize many "environmental journalists" today

I knew I was in trouble when, walk­ing into a “leadership summit” of the Society for Environmental Jour­nalists, I tested out what I was plan­ning to say with a young reporter. SEJ should accept investigative report­ing as being a part of environmental journalism—after all, I noted, Rachel Car­son, the mother of environmental jour­nalism, practiced investigative reporting. “Rachel Carson,” said the reporter, who covers the environment for a Florida newspaper, “isn’t she the lady who worked for the Fish and Wildlife Service?” Investigating the Environment Much of the SEJ, a group now consist­ing of more than 1,000 journalists who cover environmental […]

Aug 1 1996

Is It Real…Or Is It Astroturf?

PR Firm Finds 'Grassroots' Support for Breast Implants

It’s no small thing to win a public relations fight. A corporation under pressure benefits from the biases of the profit-making news media, but the pro-corporate leanings of commercial journalism don’t guarantee favorable coverage. What you need are propaganda-generating troops, and if you have the money, you can buy some. In the late 1980s, the pressure on silicon breast-implant manufacturers was mounting. After years of private lawsuits in which successful plaintiffs were silenced by gag orders imposed in court, sick women started appearing on television in December 1990, claiming that unscrupulous corporations were knowingly making money from implants that made […]