Russert Questioning Obama on Farrakhan

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 […]


Transcript of Mukasey's Baghdad News Conference

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 […]


Transcript of NPR show about Mukasey's Baghdad Press Conference

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 […]


Poll-obsessed media focus on strategy over substance

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 […]


FAIR poverty study

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.


FAIR interview on the Fairness Doctrine

Steve Rendall interviewed on WNYC



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PBS Biased Against Slavery

Twenty-two years after the television show Roots dramatized slavery for the American public, public television aired a four-part, six-hour historical documentary on black people and slavery in the United States. The series, called Africans in America (10/19-22/98), builds upon the tremendous academic work that has been done recently in the fields of African-American and American history. It skillfully combines the eyewitness narratives of black and white people with seldom-heard facts about the history of slavery. Though the series has generally received critical acclaim, it was the subject of a strained, perverse gripe from the Washington Post’s Ken Ringle (10/19/98). Ringle […]