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
17
2014

No, NPR Did Not Ask Cosby About Rape Accusations

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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."

Jul
11
2014

NPR and the Eagerness of White Guy Sources

Edward Schumacher-Matos

To the extent that Anya Kamenetz's tweet reflected "innocence," it's of a sort people of color and women can ill afford from journalists,

May
14
2014

Will NYT's New Editor Stand Up for Investigative Journalism?

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The New York Times announced that Jill Abramson, who has the top editorial job there of executive editor, is being replaced by current managing editor Dean Baquet. Whether Baquet will be good for investigative reporting at the Times remains to be seen.

Jan
14
2014

Chris Christie's Real Problem? Our 'Feminized' Culture

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On the question of whether or not Christie is a bully, veteran Fox pundit Brit Hume blamed that perception on our "feminized atmosphere."

Jan
06
2014

As Abortion Restrictions Soar, Abortion Coverage Dwindles

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Over the past decade, it has gotten much more difficult for women in the United States to access safe and legal abortion services. How have national media kept up with this dramatically changing landscape? Not so well.

Jul
24
2013

Not Much Diversity Among Media's 'Stay-at-Home Dads'

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News outlets have been profiling stay-at-home fathers, who say they love being there for their kids even though it was hard to transition from the workforce to full-time parenting. It's good to see media addressing gender norms, but there was not a lot of diversity among the interviewees in this small sample of articles.

Jul
11
2013

Advice on Balancing Work and Life Could Use More Balance

Catherine Rampell

One of the most important facts left out while discussing breadwinners? Of female breadwinners in America, 63 percent are single moms with a median family income of just $23,000.

Jul
09
2013

No Hero, No Coverage: Restrictive Abortion Provisions in Ohio Budget

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Everyone heard about the one state senator in Texas who stood up–literally–for a woman's right to choose. But there was little commotion after recent abortion-restricting legislation in Ohio was passed. The budget bill Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed late last month had numerous anti-abortion provisions in it. Similar laws are starting to be enforced this month in a number of states, including Alabama, Indiana, Kansas, Mississippi and South Dakota (ABC, 7/2/13).   The Ohio budget bill will make it difficult for family planning groups to receive funding (Washington Post, 7/1/13) and can suspend public assets for rape crisis clinics if they counsel victims on […]

Jul
02
2013

The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy of a White Male 'Mainstream'

The Nation's Katrina vanden Heuvel

With the tagline "The Magazine for Men," it is almost unsurprising that Port magazine, a British quarterly, celebrated "A New Golden Age: The Increasing Importance of Print Media" by putting six white men on its cover. Not surprising, but also not excusable.

Apr
22
2013

Al Neuharth's Front-Page Sexism

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Seeing a photograph of USA Today founder Al Neuharth above the fold in the edition of his newspaper that reported his death calls to mind a rather famous story about Neuharth's outburst at a 1983 USA Today editorial meeting.

Mar
22
2013

FAIR TV: Scarborough's War, Steubenville, Drone 'Debate'

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This week on FAIR TV: Joe Scarborough remembers some things about the Iraq War–but forgets the things he said back then. We'll take a look at the CNN Steubenville coverage that had so many critics outraged. And the Washington Post presented two takes on drone deaths in Pakistan.

Feb
22
2013

Fox News 'Liberal' Isn't So Sure About College Rape

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In most places, a record like Bob Beckel would probably lead your employer to tell you to take your act elsewhere. But if you're running a right-wing propaganda network, he's a pretty valuable "leftist" to keep around.