This article is part of FAIR's study, "Smearcasting, How Islamophobes Spread Bigotry, Fear and Misinformation." Visit the report's special micro-site at www.smearcasting.com or click here to download the full report. In September 2007, the Khalil Gibran International Academy, named for the noted Lebanese Christian poet, became the country's first public school focused on Arabic language and culture. According to the New York Department of Education (Brooklyn Eagle, 7/30/07) the school was using "the same curriculum packages as other New York City public schools," and the chancellor of schools emphasized (Christian Science Monitor, 6/1/07) that its curriculum would be subject to […]
A video clip from Bill O'Reilly's early days of TV, when he worked as a host of Inside Edition, offers a revealing glimpse of the host of Fox News Channel's O'Reilly Factor. Apparently O'Reilly had proved his credentials as a crusader for moral conservative values...by outbursts of swearing? Click here to watch video in Windows Media Player. Or watch video in Quick Time on the Crooks and Liars website. For more on the reality behind O'Reilly's facade, check out The O'Really Factor? by FAIR's Peter Hart.
Paraguay's Tri-Border Area: Who's Hyping Whom?
April Howard and Benjamin Dangl's "City of Terror" (Extra!, 9-10/07) is a remarkably sloppy, naive and tendentious piece of reporting even by your habitually partisan and lax standards. Let me see if I understand them correctly: They mosey into Ciudad del Este in 2007, can't find evidence of Islamic extremists in the Tri-Border Area (TBA), and projecting backward from that cursory examination, in which they appear not to have talked to anyone with any real knowledge of local security issues, conclude that exactly the same situation must always have prevailed in the region. Frankly put, that is silly. In their […]
Transcript from February 26 Democratic debate
MR. RUSSERT: Senator Obama, one of the things in a campaign is that you have to react to unexpected developments. On Sunday, the headline in your hometown paper, Chicago Tribune: "Louis Farrakhan Backs Obama for President at Nation of Islam Convention in Chicago." Do you accept the support of Louis Farrakhan? SEN. OBAMA: You know, I have been very clear in my denunciation of Minister Farrakhan's anti-Semitic comments. I think that they are unacceptable and reprehensible. I did not solicit this support. He expressed pride in an African-American who seems to be bringing the country together. I obviously can't censor […]
ATTORNEY GENERAL MUKASEY HOLD A NEWS CONFERENCE, AS RELEASED BY THE EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES, BAGHDAD, IRAQ FEBRUARY 13, 2008 MUKASEY: Thank you very much. Good afternoon. I am pleased to be here today in the Republic of Iraq. This is my first trip to Baghdad since taking office as Attorney General. And I am impressed and encouraged by what I see and hear. Since 2003, the Department of Justice has been working in partnership with our colleagues at the State Department and multinational forces to help build the foundation for a strong and independent nation. I spent part […]
Morning Edition, 2/23/08
Mukasey Meets the Press in Baghdad SCOTT SIMON, host: Well, Attorney General Mukasey went to Iraq recently to observe the country's budding legal system. NPR justice correspondent Ari Shapiro went with him and learned something about Iraq's emerging free press. ARI SHAPIRO: At a Washington press conference there are certain types of questioners you see all the time. There's the rambler, who goes on forever; the attacker, who would really rather make a point than ask a question; the left- fielder, whose question has nothing to do with the topic at hand. At Attorney General Michael Mukasey's press conference in […]
Op-ed published in the Seattle Times With just a few weeks to go before the Iowa caucuses, polls are providing pundits and political junkies with fresh data to spin out a new round of the usual "who's up, who's down" campaign coverage. But while the press seems settled on a new narrative for the campaign, journalists should recall what the polls told them last time around about who would likely win the Iowa caucuses. The tone of coverage of the Democratic race seemed to shift when a Nov. 19 ABC/Washington Post poll of likely caucus-goers showed a tight race among […]
Final report available Friday September 7
A new FAIR study examining how the network news covered poverty over a three year period (2003-6) will be released on our website this week. Read what the Washington Post's E.J. Dionne had to say about the report on the FAIR in the news page of our website.