“This is a sad day,” remarked Secretary of State John Kerry (State Department, 1/22/15) over the death of Abdullah, the dictator of Saudi Arabia. “The United States has lost a friend,” he continued, and “the world has lost a revered leader.” The monarch–whose regime routinely flogs dissenters and beheads those guilty of “sorcery”–was, in Kerry’s words, “a man of wisdom and vision” (BBC, 1/22/15; 6/19/12). Vice President Joe Biden (White House, 1/22/15) announced that he “will be leading a presidential delegation representing the United States to pay our respects.” President Barack Obama himself fawned over the late autocrat: “I always […]
Abdullah, tyrant who beheaded 'sorcerers,' was 'force of moderation'
Okay, there’s a catch–it was on the letters page. Still, it was a surprise to see Noam Chomsky’s name in the Newspaper of Record. In a joint letter from Howard Friel and Chomsky’s longtime co-author Edward Herman, readers were exposed to an argument mostly unheard in the media frenzy for military strikes in Iraq and Syria: Such strikes are illegal under the United Nations charter. US media don’t spend much time dwelling on the requirements of international law, which is why the letter was so important. As the press pushes for more war, FAIR wants to be here to fight […]
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During the last week of September, NBC was staging its second annual “Education Nation” summit–a series of events and broadcasts bankrolled by the corporate interests and foundations aligned with the so-called “education reform” movement. Corporate media coverage of education policy tends to hew closely to the “reform” agenda: promoting charter schools and vouchers, embracing relentless testing and other “accountability” measures, and attacking teachers’ unions for standing in the way of progress. On September 27, FAIR brought together four of the most dynamic and thoughtful education experts and activists in the country for a discussion about how the media mangle the […]
Join FAIR’s Steve Rendall for a Discussion of Corporate Influences on Cable News Join FAIR’s senior analyst and CounterSpin co-host Steve Rendall in Brooklyn on Thursday, August 13 for an evening of discussion about cable news and its corporate influences. Brian Stelter, the former editor of TVNewser and current New York Times media reporter, will also be speaking at the forum, which is organized by Gelf Magazine as part of their monthly Media Circus series. The event begins at 7:30 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm) at the JLA Studios art gallery on 63 Pearl St. in the DUMBO neighborhood […]
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Reforming the dysfunctional U.S. healthcare system is a major issue in the news these days. The goal of the reform efforts, we’re told, is to expand coverage to the uninsured and to reduce costs. But what many experts and citizens see as the most sensible solution to these problems is kept out of the discussion by the corporate media. Let’s send a message to the TV networks: The insurance lobbies and many politicians don’t want to talk about single-payer national health insurance. But that makes it all the more important that the media do. Add your name to FAIR’s petition […]