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.

Apr
06
2015

A Non-Conspiracy of Douthat’s

Anti-gay protesters (cc photo: Nathan Rupert)

The New York Times’ Ross Douthat acknowledges the obvious parallel between gay and interracial marriage–and meets it head on with a full helping of historical ignorance.

Mar
30
2015

Leading Papers Incite ‘Supreme International Crime’

Nuremberg defendants

To advocate for war, as the Washington Post and New York Times op-ed pages have done, is to incite a crime–“the supreme international crime,” as the chief prosecutor at Nuremberg noted.

Mar
27
2015

What Have Whistleblowers Done for Elite Journalists Lately?

David Gregory vs. Glenn Greenwald

One of the most important things that corporate media do to shore up power is to define “news” as things that people in power want you to know but haven’t told you yet.

Mar
24
2015

NYT Reported Japanese Internment as ‘Pioneering Chapter in US History’

Japanese Evacuation Featured

A contemporary New York Times article on the World War II internment of Japanese-Americans “emphasized the adventurous nature” of putting innocent people in camps based on their ethnicity.

Mar
24
2015

Rebranding McCain and Romney as Moderates to Facilitate a Sharp Right Turn

Ted Cruz announcing presidential bid

By accepting Ted Cruz’s characterization of McCain and Romney as moderates who lost because of their moderation, media endorse his argument that the Republican Party’s path to success takes a sharp right turn.

Mar
20
2015

Danny Schechter, ‘News Dissector’ and Creator, Dies at 72

Danny Schechter (cc photo: Mohamed Nanabhay

Danny Schechter, groundbreaking media critic and legendary producer for both corporate and alternative media, died on March 19 at the age of 72.

Mar
18
2015

Forgiving Al-Qaeda in Pursuit of a New Enemy

Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri

There are signs of a shift in the Western foreign policy establishment toward seeing groups like Al-Qaeda not as the main targets of US military operations but as potential allies against the governments Washington has identified as more important enemies.

Mar
17
2015

Clear Channel Tells FCC Covert Commercials Would Be ‘User-Friendly, Satisfying’

money roll (cc photo: Chris Potter)

Broadcasters have filed a petition with the FCC asking that they be excused from the requirement that they tell their listeners when they play a song because a record company paid them to do so.

Mar
16
2015

USA Today Headline Makes a Leap to Pin the Rap on ‘Protester’

St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch (center)

Eight paragraphs into USA Today’s story, we learn that–contrary to the headline, “Ferguson Protester Held in Shooting”–the suspect in an assault on two cops may not have been a protester after all.

Mar
12
2015

WaPo, Owned by CIA’s Webmaster, Blasts Venezuela’s ‘State-Financed’ News

Venezuelans protesting US sanctions (photo: Miguel Gutierrez/EPA)

Part of the job of being Washington’s official court paper, apparently, is explaining to the inhabitants of lesser nations that they shouldn’t take it personally when the US labels them “an unusual and extraordinary threat.”

Mar
12
2015

Covering Commercialization: A Conversation

Bristei

An exchange with Brian Steinberg of Variety on his story “CNN Tests New Ways To Mix Ads With News” (3/5/15): [View the story “Covering Commercialization: A Conversation” on Storify]

Mar
11
2015

CNN on the Frontiers of the Commercialization of News

Fry, Leela and Bender from Futurama

“CNN Tests New Ways to Mix Ads With News,” a Variety headline declared, over a story about how the cable news channel has “gotten over itself” and has “looked for more ways to weave ad messages into programming.”

Mar
09
2015

Funny How Russian Propaganda, US Free Press Produce Exact Same Mood Swings

Russian Communists with anti-Obama prop

The anti-American sentiment in Russia is pretty much a mirror image of anti-Russian sentiment in the United States, which has likewise risen to record heights since polling began roughly 25 years ago.