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.

Dec
17
2014

WaPo Won't Say 'Torture'–Unless It Makes Torture Sound Better

Jen Sorensen: When Is Torture Torture?

The Washington Post's poll most likely found that a small minority of Americans thought torture was justified after 9/11. In other words, pretty much the opposite of what the Post's headline said.

Dec
14
2014

Update: NPR Doesn't Ban 'Torture'–but Offers Euphemisms to Use in Its Place

Abu Ghraib prisoner

This is an update to "Refusing to Take Sides, NPR Takes Sides With Torture Deniers" (FAIR Blog, 12/12/14). As Romenesko (12/12/14) points out, NPR's ethics department has been issuing guidance on the use of the word "torture." The first memo, issued August 8, cites a message from then-NPR vice president for news Ellen Weiss, written in November 2009: Contrary to some commentaries, NPR did not ban the word "torture." Rather, we gave our journalists guidance about how to avoid loaded language about interrogation techniques, realizing that no matter what words are chosen, we risk the appearance of taking one side […]

Dec
12
2014

Refusing to Take Sides, NPR Takes Sides With Torture Deniers

Blood trails at Abu Ghraib.

National Public Radio, following the lead of the Washington Post, tries to avoid applying the word "torture" in its own voice when covering US torture.

Dec
10
2014

ABC Makes US the Victim in CIA Torture Report Story

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The Senate report revealed shocking, even sickening treatment of the CIA's captives. But ABC's focus wasn't on the US government abuses detailed in the report, but "the fear that its release could threaten American lives."

Dec
07
2014

Reporting the News Like Black Lives Don't Matter

Protester faces NYPD in Times Square (photo: AP)

"Black lives matter" is the rallying cry of the burgeoning movement against police killings. The Associated Press, covering that movement, has produced a perfect example of what journalism looks like when black lives don't matter.

Dec
03
2014

An 'Entertaining' Lesson on How Cops Can 'Win the Media' After They Kill

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The St. Louis Police Academy held a special class for "upper-echelon law enforcement professionals" on how to "WIN WITH THE MEDIA" after an "officer-involved shooting."

Dec
03
2014

Columnist Often Called 'Racist' Doesn't Think Police Activists Should Use That Word

Violent Crime in 6 large cities

Perhaps Cohen is sensitive to people being called racist because he's been called a racist by many observers–and not without good reason.

Nov
26
2014

On Israel/Palestine, NYT's Public Editor Seems Reluctant to Heed Own Advice

New York Times info graphic on Gaza

One of New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan's recommendations to her paper for improving its coverage of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict is "Stop straining for symmetry." It's advice she seems reluctant to take herself.

Nov
19
2014

PBS to Treasury Official: 'Why Can't You Just Bomb Them?'

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It seems it's hard to talk to an elite media host for very long before they start fantasizing about blowing things up.

Nov
18
2014

A 'Child' Is Missing–From a New York Times Headline

Boy in Jabalya refugee camp, Gaza. (cc photo: Giles)

Did New York Times editors leave out of a headline the fact that it was a child who had been shot because they didn't want readers to get too upset about Israel doing the shooting?

Nov
17
2014

No, NPR Did Not Ask Cosby About Rape Accusations

Bill Cosby (cc photo: Kate Haskell)

NPR's Scott Simon didn't ask Bill Cosby about the sexual assault allegations made against him by numerous women. There was no "rape question."

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.