Search Results for: Zachary Tomanelli

Aug
30
2012

2010 FAIR Sustainers

Your generous donations have topped the goal for our year-end fundraising! We are incredibly grateful for the overwhelming show of support. In 2011 we'll keep fighting corporate media misinformation...thanks to you! If your name was missed, or if you wish to be removed from the list, please contact jhollar@fair.org. FAIR Watchdog $1000+ Matt Clark Warren Habib Francis Hagan Michael Protzel FAIR Gadfly $500-999 Judith Belzer & Michael Pollan The Bungie Foundation Xan Gregg Stephen Hillyer Roger Myers Kathleen Naureckas Chris Orr Peter Sills David Suisman Peter Thompson FAIR Advocate $250-499 Joani Blank Jonathan Breslau Alan Carlson Mary Cleveland Thomas Cramp […]

Aug
01
2011

Extra! Contents

Volume 24, Number 8

SoundBites Letters COVER STORY The Fires This Time In coverage of extreme weather, media downplay climate change by Neil deMause ‘Humanitarian War’ in Libya—or the Regular Kind? Factchecking the case for Obama’s bombing by Peter Hart Desperate for Democracy in Iraq Protesters fight for what U.S. media say they already have by Julie Hollar The End of the Bill Keller Era NYT chief did not challenge state power—he served it by Michael Corcoran On Lockout, NFL and Media Play on the Same Team TV deals give networks billions of reasons to root for owners by Zachary Tomanelli

Aug
01
2011

On Lockout, NFL and Media Play on Same Team

TV deals give networks billions of reasons to root for owners

Photo Credit: Flickr Creative Commons/RMTip21

When it comes to reporting on labor disputes, corporate media don’t exactly have a track record of even- handedness. (See, e.g., Extra!, 4/11.) Throw in a $4 billion media investment, and you’ve got a story ripe for misreporting: the recent dispute between the NFL Players Association and the owners of what Forbes magazine (9/13/07) called “the richest sports league in the world.” The NFL labor conflict dates back to 2006. In March of that year, the owners—desperate to avoid a work stoppage—voted at the 11th hour to accept a new six-year collective bargaining agreement with the players. Two years later, […]

Nov
01
2010

Does NewsHour 'Help Us See America Whole'?

A FAIR study of PBS’s flagship news show

A new FAIR study of the PBS NewsHour finds that public television’s flagship news program continues to feature sources drawn largely from a narrow range of elite white male experts. The study, the third FAIR has conducted of the NewsHour since 1990, documents a pattern of failure by the PBS news show to fulfill the mission of public television to provide a broader, more inclusive alternative to commercial news programs. The 1967 Carnegie Commission Report on public television, which spawned 1967’s Public Broadcasting Act and gave birth to PBS, suggested that public television “should be a forum for debate and […]

Jul
01
2010

Still Drill, Baby--Despite Spill

Little rethinking of oil after Deepwater disaster

Photo Credit: Huffington Post/AP/Dave Martin

The BP Deepwater oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that began on April 20 is now thought to be the greatest environmental catastrophe in the country’s history. Despite this, news coverage in the wake of the spill downplayed the harm, reasserted the need for offshore drilling and minimized the White House’s—and the corporate media’s—recent endorsement of additional offshore oil exploration. On May 2, the New York Times ran a Week in Review piece from Jad Mouawad headlined “The Spill vs. a Need to Drill.” The tone of the article was clear—“emotions are running high” as the disaster gets worse, […]

Jan
01
2010

Letters to the Editor

Extra! Let NYT Off the Hook on Books I would like to take issue with Steve Rendall and Zachary Tomanelli’s handling of book reviews in the latest Extra! (“Who Gets to Review and Be Reviewed?,” 8/10). First, I question giving primacy to ethnicity and gender as opposed to political ideology. The former two are easier to handle, but aren’t they important mainly because of their effects on political outcomes? At the same time, aren’t political outcomes somewhat obscured by focusing on ethnicity and gender by themselves? Wouldn’t it be important to study closely which specific ethnic group and gender representatives […]