Jul 24 2015

Side-By-Side Coverage of Cuba and Iran Highlights Shift in US Media Villain-Making

PBS Newshour's Judy Woodruff and four commentators: James Woolsey, Dennis Ross, Sandy Berger and Michael Hayden.

While Cuban officials are granted airtime as they forcefully denounce American policies at a walking distance from the US Capitol building, similarly reasonable positions on the part of Iran are treated as outrageous demands.

Jul 15 2015

Some Things Considered, Mostly by White Men

Study of NPR commentators shows a retreat from diversity—and politics

EJ Dionne & David Brooks (photo: Amherst)

A new FAIR study finds that NPR commentary is dominated by white men and almost never directly addresses political issues.

Jul 02 2015

National Plutocrat Radio

Corporate One-Percenters dominate NPR affiliates' boards

Typical public radio board members:

A new FAIR study finds that NPR’s diversity problem also extends into the board of trustees of its most popular member stations: Two out of three board members are male, and nearly three out of four are non-Latino whites. Fully three out of every four trustees of the top NPR affiliates belong to the corporate elite.

Jun 19 2015

Despite Soaring Popularity, Women’s Sports Got More Coverage a Generation Ago

Total Sports Coverage (Communications & Sports)

While many might conclude that the news media are simply giving viewers “what they want,” our data suggest that the news media, through their commentary and coverage, help to build and sustain audiences and fans of men’s sports while containing any interest in women’s sports.

Apr 15 2015

As Drought Grips California, Networks Come Up Dry on Climate Science

CBS News: California Drought Map

When California’s drought was covered on network TV, global warming was rarely addressed, with just three mentions on ABC, two on NBC and one on CBS.

Mar 06 2015

Network TV Continues Giving Climate Change Cold Shoulder

FAIR study finds Northeast cold eclipses West's record heat

NBC Nightly News: selling Boston snow

Focusing on the cold Northeast winter, network TV has almost completely ignored the West’s record-shattering winter warmth–and failed to discuss the human-caused climate disruption the connects the two phenomena.

Feb 19 2015

Op-Ed on Venezuela Slips Past NYT Factcheckers

Caracas protests (photo: Meredith Kohut/NYT)

A February 15, 2015, New York Times op-ed on Venezuela by Enrique Krauze includes numerous false statements and errors, which should have been caught by the Times’ factcheckers.

Jan 28 2015

The Super Bowl Windfall Myth

Why media fall for sports industry's bogus economic claims

Super Bowl billboard in Times Square

With Super Bowl Sunday approaching, expect plenty of media reports on the projected economic windfall for host city Glendale, Arizona. Last year, when the NFL announced that its big game would provide a $600 million boost to the New York/New Jersey economy, that figure promptly became a fixture in news coverage of the event (CNN, 1/24/14; Newsday, 1/22/14; FoxNews.com, 5/21/14). In one typical article, the New York Daily News (1/20/14) reported that city business owners were scurrying to grab a piece of the Super Bowl pie, quoting a local limo-service owner: “Nothing comes close to this. Everyone in New York […]