Search Results for: Steve Askin

Jan 09 2015

How Did TV News Talk About Torture in Coverage of the Torture Report?

A new FAIR study (Media Advisory, 1/7/15) finds that torture supporters outnumbered critics of torture nearly 2-to-1 in TV news coverage of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on CIA torture. While those who authorized and carried out torture were well-represented, like George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and several CIA officials, victims of torture were entirely missing and their advocates barely heard from. But beyond who got a chance to speak, how were these discussions conducted and what was said? Human Rights Take a Back Seat to Partisan Bickering In analyzing the transcripts of these shows, the most glaring […]

Dec 01 2014

‘There Really Is No Recovery’

Richard Wolff on the state of the economy

Economist Richard Wolff

“The mass of lower- and middle-income folks basically have watched a ‘recovery’ that bypassed the vast majority of the American people.”

Oct 10 2014

Settlements or Neighborhoods? NPR Takes Netanyahu’s Side

By law, they're Israeli colonies, but NPR's guest calls them 'neighborhoods'

Gilo, occupied West Bank (cc photo: Justin McIntosh/Wikimedia)

NPR’s Morning Edition takes a look at Israeli prime minister’s misleading rhetoric about settlement expansion–but their only guest is an Israeli writer who agrees with him.

Feb 01 2014

14th Annual Fear and Favor Review

Owners and advertisers vs. journalism

Defense One, a magazine for the “national security community.”

Private corporations care very much about the content of the news they sponsor or, as outlet owners, produce—that it not be too downbeat, or provide a platform for anyone asking hard questions about corporate America.

Jan 01 2014

CNN’s Pro-Nuclear Bias

Cheerleading documentary followed by more stacked commentary


CNN aired the pro-nuclear power documentary Pandora’s Promise, a film that brooked virtually no dissent from the views of its seven principal “stars”—one-time anti-nuclear environmentalists who now say the planet can only be saved from the ravages of fossil fuels by a rapid, large-scale investment in new, supposedly fail-safe “fast reactors.”

Aug 30 2012


How To Organize a Demonstration Depending on how well it is organized, how many people participate in it, how convincing its message is and how much coverage other media outlets devote to it, a demonstration can be an effective tool of media activism. When and where to demonstrate Make sure you have a convincing case of media bias– unfounded accusations serve only to delegitimize your cause as well as future attempts at media reform. Also ensure that all other avenues have been exhausted, i.e. phone calls, letters and meetings have not worked. The best place to demonstrate is in front […]

May 01 2012

Daisey’s Dishonesty

Editor's Note

Photo Credit: This American Life/Flickr Creative Commons/Photo Giddy

In the December 2011 issue of Extra!, an article on Steve Jobs cited playwright Mike Daisey’s account of his investigation into conditions for workers making Apple products at China’s Foxconn plant. Daisey’s investigation was also cited in a March 2012 piece on Apple’s labor practices. Thanks to the public radio show Marketplace (3/16/12), we now know that Daisey fabricated parts of his story, though it was presented as fact on the January 6, 2012, edition of public radio’s This American Life (which promptly offered a retraction—3/16/12) and in a New York Times op-ed (10/6/11—subsequently re-edited to remove a dubious paragraph). […]

May 01 2012


When Kids Die, War Is the Real Victim When a U.S. staff sergeant was accused of killing 16 civilians in an Afghan village, nine of them children, corporate media treated it as a crisis—for the war and those waging it. The massacre was “a public relations headache” (AP, 3/12/12) and “a public relations disaster” (Reuters, 3/12/12). “Killings Threaten Afghan Mission” (3/12/12) was a USA Today headline; the NPR website labeled its reports “Killings a Blow to U.S. Strategy in Afghanistan” (3/13/12) and “Afghan Shootings Could Complicate U.S. Mission” (3/12/12). The New York Times (3/12/12) talked about “a feeling of siege […]