Program Director and Co-producer of CounterSpin
Janine Jackson is FAIR's program director and and producer/co-host of FAIR's syndicated radio show CounterSpin. She contributes frequently to FAIR's magazine, Extra! and co-edited The FAIR Reader: An Extra! Review of Press and Politics in the '90s (Westview Press). She has appeared on ABC's Nightline and CNN Headline News, among other outlets, and has testified to the Senate Communications Subcommittee on budget reauthorization for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Her articles have appeared in various publications, including In These Times and the UAW’s Solidarity, and in books including Civil Rights Since 1787 (New York University Press) and Stop the Next War Now: Effective Responses to Violence and Terrorism (New World Library). Jackson is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and has an M.A. in sociology from the New School for Social Research.

Dec
11
2014

Investigative Reporting = Working With Ad Partners to Monetize the Audience

Cincinnati Enquirer's Carolyn Washburn

Many would think there was something wrong with an investigative reporter who consults directly with an advertiser to think of ways for them to profit from the news. But, here we are.

Dec
05
2014

FAIR TV: Fox News & Ferguson, Cop Euphemisms and Disney 'News'

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On Fox News Channel, the real "bad guy" in Ferguson was the victim Michael Brown. The New York Times softens language around police violence. And a commercial for a new movie is "news"–on the movie studio's TV network.

Nov
25
2014

Two More 'Police Incidents,' Shrouded in Media Euphemism

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That so many black people are killed by law enforcement is a painful, difficult thing to face. Perhaps that's why media try so hard to look away.

Nov
21
2014

FAIR TV: Keystone Misinformation, War 'Works' and NPR's Cosby Questions

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The Keystone XL pipeline is back in the news–and so is a lot of the same old misinformation. Plus we'll look at how some TV journalists think about how war "works," and at what exactly NPR's Scott Simon asked comedian Bill Cosby.

Nov
18
2014

Amid Wall Street's 'Dazzling Successes,' Workers Left in 'Dark Corners'

Happy days are here again? The New York Times' photo for its article on mergers. (photo: Brendan McDermid/Reuters)

Does the fact that "CEOs are feeling pretty good about things" mean that the majority of US households–which rely on paychecks–should feel good too?

Oct
31
2014

FAIR TV: #TimeFail, Dodgy Climate Change Rhetoric and the Non-Voting Public

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This week: Time slams public school teachers; what did their "bad apples" cover story get wrong? Plus we look at how ABC is framing the climate change debate among Republican politicians, and we note that election season pundits shouldn't confuse the message they're hearing from a minority of the population that votes with "the public."

Oct
17
2014

FAIR TV: ABC's Factcheck Fail, Chuck Todd's DQ, and Malala's Message

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ABC botches an easy ISIS factcheck, and NBC's Chuck Todd "disqualifies" a Senate candidate who gave an iffy response to a trivial question. Plus Malala Yousafzai wins the Nobel Peace Prize–but US media doesn't seem interested in her peace message.

Oct
03
2014

FAIR TV: Media in War Mode, Calling for Civilian Deaths and PBS Hits Harper's

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On this week's show: The ways corporate media cover war, a Fox News pundit wants to see more civilian deaths in Syria, and PBS uses its ad dollars to punish a magazine. All of that on this week's show:

Sep
19
2014

FAIR TV: ISIS & the 'Homeland,' Pro-War Pundits and 'Don't Blame Fracking'

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This week: Watch ABC drum up fears about a terror attack on the United States. Plus we'll take a look at the state of the debate over war, and how big papers spun a study of how fracking leads to water contamination into a story about how we shouldn't blame fracking. Take a look:  

Sep
08
2014

FAIR TV, September 8, 2014: USA Today Poll Distortion, Chris Christie's 'Gaffe'

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Are corporate media banging the war drums in 2014 just like they did in 2003? USA Today promotes a poll that they say shows the public wants a more 'muscular' foreign policy. But is that really the message the public is sending? Plus the New York Times remembers a Chris Christie foreign policy 'gaffe'– saying something accurate about the occupation of the West Bank.

Aug
15
2014

FAIR TV: Ferguson, Back to Iraq and Disputing Gaza Deaths

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Some good–and not so good–media reactions to the police killing of Michael Brown. Plus pundits wonder what took Obama so long to bomb Iraq, and two papers try to raise doubts about the death toll in Gaza.

Aug
14
2014

Ferguson Case Poses Test for Corporate Media

Ferguson police teargas reporters (USAToday.com)

The surprise has been the extent to which some media seem to be taking the outcry seriously, talking about the militarization of police–brought home by the rough treatment given to reporters–and the criminalization of black people.

Jul
11
2014

FAIR TV: ABC's Gaza 'Mistake,' Dinesh D'Souza and CBS CEO Boosterism

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This week on FAIR TV: ABC's embarrassing mistake in its Gaza coverage, This Week touts a right-wing conspiracy film and CBS presents viewers with the story of the risk-taking billionaire CEO who is cutting thousands of jobs.