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.

Feb
24
2015

The Foreigners Obama Needs to Love to Prove He Loves America

Slowpoke: "Obama Doesn't Love America Like I Do!" (Jen Sorensen)

"There are plenty of reasons that suggest Obama might not love America," writes the Washington Post's Ed Rogers. Funnily enough, most of these reasons seem to have little to with America,

Feb
23
2015

Politico Helps O'Reilly Get Away With Falklands Fabrications

Bill O'Reilly on the O'Reilly Factor (photo: Slaven Vlasix/Getty Images)

Politico media reporter Dylan Byers explores the supposedly mysterious question of why Fox News executives let their most lucrative on-air personality get away with blatantly misrepresenting his journalistic history.

Feb
21
2015

Bill O'Reilly Lies–but Some Lies Matter More Than Others

O'Reilly: "The Crusades? I was there."

When Fox News' Bill O'Reilly said that NBC's Brian Williams "had to go" because he manufactured stories about dangers he faced in his reporting career, it should come as no surprise to find out that O'Reilly can be found doing the exact same thing.

Feb
19
2015

NYT Hopes India Can Avoid China's Plight: a High-Paid, Well-Educated Workforce

Indian farmers (photo: Atul Loke/NYT)

A front-page lead New York Times story is mainly valuable for the insight it provides into what the Times considers to be a healthy economy–and who that economy is supposed to benefit.

Feb
18
2015

Most Americans Agree That Netanyahu, the Only One Who Can Save the Puppy, Should Save the Puppy

Netanyahu addressing Congress (photo: Getty/Saul Loeb)

You can see propaganda being manufactured before your eyes: Any subtleties are ironed out to create an assertion that the American people are calling for Netanyahu to speak.

Feb
17
2015

Borrowing a Climate Denial Trick to Erase Rising Inequality

New York Times graph on wealthy & inequality

New York Times economics columnist David Leonhardt has a new column headlined "Inequality Has Actually Not Risen Since the Financial Crisis." This is mostly, if not entirely, BS.

Feb
12
2015

CNN Peddles Propaganda About 'Completely Mad' Putin

Vladimir Putin

CNN asks, "Has Russian President Vladimir Putin gone completely mad?" Here's a better question: Does CNN care whether it's viewed as an outlet for crude anti-Russian propaganda?

Feb
11
2015

Chris Matthews Calls for 'Rambo Kind of Stuff' as Response to Real-World Violence

Rambo

Chris Matthews doesn't know how to solve the ISIS problem. But he knows who does–and he's a fictional character played by Sylvester Stallone.

Feb
10
2015

Tell Us How You Really Feel About Fast Track Opponents, New York Times

Fringe (cc photo: John Lillis)

The New York Times' Jonathan Weisman reports that President Barack Obama's chances of getting "fast track" authority to negotiate trade agreements are shrinking as "the political fringes expand on each end."

Feb
10
2015

Billionaire's Paper Hopes Well-Off Will Identify With Wealthy

Obama in a diner (photo: Doug Mills/NYT)

The last thing that the wealthy want is for the rest of the populace to unite against them politically. Luckily for them, the New York Times seems determined not to let that happen.

Feb
09
2015

The New York Times' Nuclear Uncertainty Principles

Israeli laboratory model of a nuclear warhead core--photographed by Mordechai Vanunu.

When it comes to nuclear weapons, basic facts seem to be subject to political revision at the New York Times.

Feb
06
2015

USA Today Responds: 'Criticizing Violent Islamists Does Not Tarnish All Muslims'

Brian Gallagher, the editor of USA Today's editorial page, writes to those who responded to his paper's February 2 cartoon (FAIR Blog, 2/3/15): Dear readers, I rarely respond to letter-writing campaigns, but I'll take a moment to respond to this one because I think that FAIR's glib analysis of the editorial cartoon published recently in USA Today is so reflexively unthoughtful that it undermines the goal we share: to fight Islamophobia. I imagine many of you are unfamiliar with what we've said on the issue, and therefore vulnerable to false suppositions, but our history on the subject is extensive and […]

Feb
05
2015

Undoing Michael Powell's Mischief at the FCC

Michael Powell (FCC)

Giving the cable companies more power and control–and hence wealth–was precisely the point of Michael Powell's reclassification of broadband Internet as an "information service."