Search Results for: William Hoynes and David Croteau

May
21
1990

All the Usual Suspects: MacNeil/Lehrer and Nightline

FAIR Issues New Study on PBS's MacNeil/Lehrer and ABC's Nightline

As part of its ongoing examination of television news, FAIR is releasing the results of its new study, "All the Usual Suspects: The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour and Nightline." After FAIR's February 1989 study of Nightline, members of the public joined journalists in urging the media watch group to compare Nightline with other news programs and to monitor Nightline for any changes in the wake of the original study. This new study accomplishes both missions. FAIR'S Jeff Cohen summarized the new findings: "Nightline has slightly broadened its panel of experts, while public TV's Newshour is narrower, whiter, more male-dominated, more government-oriented and […]

Jul
01
1989

Human Rights and the Media

An Overview

A wave of exhilaration surged through the crowd when the first contingent of Chinese workers joined student hunger strikers in Tiananmen Square. Three thou­sand students started their protest in May, two days before Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev arrived for historic talks with China's rulers. By the time Gorbachev left Beijing, mass demonstrations had spread to 20 Chinese cities. They kept coming in droves, young and old, farmers, teachers, more workers, journalists, even the police, singing "The Internationale" and "We Shall Overcome." Millions of people were in the streets, celebrating, marching for human rights, empowered by their wildest hopes and dreams […]

Feb
06
1989

Are You on the Nightline Guest List?

The media watch group FAIR is issuing the results of its exhaustive study: "ARE YOU ON THE NIGHTLINE GUEST LIST ? - An analysis of 40 months of Nightline programming." The 45-page report concludes that one's likelihood of appearing on Nightline's guest list is enhanced by being a white, male member of the government, military or corporate establishment. The study found that certain public interest viewpoints (peace movement, consumer rights, labor, etc.) were hardly visible on Nightline. "The narrow range of guests," the report asserts, "makes Nightline a fundamentally conservative political program." The study was conducted for FAIR by William […]

Jan
01
1989

Are You on the Nightline Guestlist?

ABC News Nightline is widely considered to be the preeminent public affairs program in the United States. It undoubtedly has the biggest audience of such shows; five to seven million households are tuned to Nightline on an average week night. With its combination of near-universal acclaim from critics and a large number of loyal viewers, Nightline plays an important role in defining the national political terrain. Yet, surprisingly, there has been little analysis of Nightline. Last year FAIR commissioned William Hoynes and David Croteau, two sociology graduate students at Boston College, to conduct a study of Nightline's guestlist. They examined […]

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. […]

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, […]

Jun
01
1999

The Cost of Survival

Political Discourse and the "New PBS"

Introduction Public television has survived. The high profile assault from conservative critics, which was front-page news in the early 1990s, now seems like ancient history. As we enter the digital television age, we no longer hear Congressional threats to "zero out" public television, plans to "privatize" public broadcasting have receded from the opinion pages, and the often shrill claims of a so-called "liberal bias" on public television are much less conspicuous. Indeed, PBS's 1998 Annual Report(1) talks of a "new PBS" that has been in development since 1995, precisely the time when the conservative effort to scale back, even eliminate, […]

Aug
23
1993

New Study Reveals Public TV Bias

And debunks conservative myths

A new study of public television programming challenges many of the premises of the conservative-dominated debate over public television bias. The independently conducted study, a version of which will appear in the September/October issue of FAIR's magazine Extra!, is the first ever to examine public TV's full evening schedule. It focuses, in particular, on the sources featured in public affairs programming. "Our findings cast considerable doubt on conservative claims concerning the liberal or left-wing bias of public television programming," the authors conclude. "Environmentalists, feminists and labor activists receive scant attention within public television programming, while corporate and government spokespersons dominate […]