Jim Naureckas

Extra! Magazine Editor Since 1990, Jim Naureckas has been the editor of Extra!, FAIR's monthly journal of media criticism. He is the co-author of The Way Things Aren't: Rush Limbaugh's Reign of Error, and co-editor of The FAIR Reader: An Extra! Review of Press and Politics in the '90s. He is also the co-manager of FAIR's website. He has worked as an investigative reporter for the newspaper In These Times, where he covered the Iran-Contra scandal, and was managing editor of the Washington Report on the Hemisphere, a newsletter on Latin America. Jim was born in Libertyville, Illinois, in 1964, and graduated from Stanford University in 1985 with a bachelor's degree in political science. Since 1997 he has been married to Janine Jackson, FAIR's program director. You can follow Jim on Twitter at @JNaureckas.

Oct
30
2014

Media Cry Foul When Democrats Talk About Race

Democratic midterm ads

The front page of the New York Times dwells on how Democrats are playing on "racial fears" in campaign advertising. But are the ads actually unfair–or do they simply talk about issues the corporate media would rather not discuss?

Oct
27
2014

NYT Tried to Sell 'Pro-Growth' Candidate, but Brazilians Weren't Buying

Aecio Neves (photo: Felipe Dana/AP )

The New York Times' James Stewart made clear which side we should be rooting for in the Brazilian presidential elections: the side that lost.

Oct
21
2014

How to Drive a Colleague to His Grave and Sleep Easy at Night

Top Contra leader Adolfo Calero (center) meeting with supporters, including Norwin Meneses, known as the "King of Drugs."

Ryan Grim's new book sheds new light on the establishment media's 1996 effort to discredit Gary Webb's Contra crack revelations by talking to some of the key players. They sleep very well, they want you to know.

Oct
03
2014

Privacy and Social Media: It's Complicated

Ello sign (cc photo Thomas Hawk)

People sometimes talk about privacy like it's a single thing that people want more or less of, when it's really a number of different things that people put different values on.

Sep
25
2014

Jeff Bezos Takes WaPo's Advice, Rips Off WaPo Workers

Jeff Bezos (cc photo: James Duncan Davidson)

Where could Jeff Bezos have gotten the idea that it was OK to take away large sums of money that you promised people for their retirement after years of service? Well, maybe he reads the paper he just bought.

Sep
23
2014

Civilization-Threatening Crises? Nope, Can't Think of Any

Stop being sad (Allie Brosh)

David Brooks thinks you're just dwelling on the negative in the news–and he's written a New York Times column, headlined "Snap Out of It," to set you straight.

Sep
22
2014

What Chuck Todd Talks About Instead of Talking About Climate

Chuck Todd on Meet the Press.

Not talking about the largest climate march in history left Chuck Todd with some time to fill up on NBC's Meet the Press.

Aug
29
2014

Trust the New York Times to Tell You Not to Trust Twitter

McDonald's milk counteracts tear gasin Ferguson

The Newspaper of Record wants you to know that you shouldn't trust Twitter's coverage of Ferguson. But their examples of inaccuracies aren't all that convincing

Aug
26
2014

The World as WaPo Would Like It to Be

US troop levels in Afghanistan (NPR)

Obama's foreign policy is invariably analyzed as being either foolishly pacifistic or prudently diplomatic. The reality that the Obama administration has used military force on a large scale in many countries is not acknowledged.

Aug
25
2014

Give Killer Cops a Break, Says NYT

Police administer a lethal chokehold to Eric Garner.

The message from the NY Times: Police officers who shoot unarmed civilians need to be be given the benefit of the doubt.

Aug
18
2014

Action Alert: NYT Skips First Big Test of New Torture Policy

Afghan torture witness (CBS)

FAIR's new Action Alert (8/18/14) calls out the New York Times for not covering a major Amnesty International report on US torture–shortly after the paper announced a new policy of calling torture by its right name. If you send a message to the Times, please leave a copy in the comments thread to this post. UPDATE: New York Times┬áResponds on Torture (8/21/14)

Aug
13
2014

NPR Presents CIA-Backed Group as Independent Expert on Snowden's 'Harm'

Dina Temple-Raston

Greenwald called the NPR report "a pure and indisputable case of journalistic malpractice and deceit." It's hard to say he doesn't have a point.

Jul
22
2014

Are People Who Shoot Down Passenger Planes 'War Criminals'–or 'Hard to Fault'?

Downed Malaysian airlines (Dmitry Lovetsky/AP)

If you're going to shoot down a civilian jetliner–from the New York Times' point of view–it helps to be working for the US Navy when you do it.