FAIR TV: Obama’s Forgotten ‘Surge,’ Rebranding Jeb Bush, Climate Expert Coulter


This week: Obama’s Afghan War drawdown was big news–but what do media leave out of the story of the White House’s war strategy? Plus the New York Times assists in a Jeb Bush rebranding effort and CNN goes to climate change expert…Ann Coulter?   Watch:


Action Alert: Ann Coulter as CNN’s Climate Change Expert

FAIR’s latest Action Alert (5/28/14) urges media activists to call out CNN for basing a climate change report around one guest: right-wing climate change denier Ann Coulter.¬† If you write to CNN, please share a copy of your message in the comments below.


CNN’s Climate Change Coverage: Starring Ann Coulter

Ann Coulter as CNN's Climate Expert

As we’ve noted before, some of CNN’s previous climate coverage has involved putting climate deniers on Crossfire. But this is actually worse.


Ted Koppel’s Terrible Media Criticism


TV news veteran Ted Koppel has done two pieces on NBC‘s Rock Center that attempt to critique the partisanship of today’s media system. But what the reports really illustrate is that some people aren’t very good at playing media critic–especially when they feel obligated to suggest that “both sides” are equally at fault. Koppel’s first report (9/13/12) looked at right and left watchdogs, “an industry out there on both sides monitoring and recording anything that could hurt the political opposition.” That “industry” consists of the liberal¬† Media Matters for America and the right-wing Media Research Center. As Koppel explains, “You […]


No Protests From the Left–According to Progressive TV Guest

Here’s something you don’t see very often–a progressive person of color on a Sunday morning chat show. There was Van Jones on ABC‘s This Week on April 1. Also there? Right-wing firebrand Ann Coulter. Huh. But it was something that Jones said that caught my attention. Well, you know, I think that probably the majority of people who are in the Democratic Party, progressive independents or what I would call post-hope Democrats–we’re Democrats, we did the vote and hope. And when we–what happened was, we sat back and we let the Tea Party crowd dominate the protests world in the […]


Ann Coulter on O’Reilly: Radiation Is Good for You

At a time when the Japanese prime minister is describing his country’s nuclear crisis and the growing threat of radiation exposure as “very grave,” it must have been comforting for Fox News watchers to turn on the O’Reilly Factor last night (3/17/11) to see Ann Coulter telling them that radiation is actually good for you. Yes, Coulter told O’Reilly viewers, the evidence was right there in the media, including in the newspaper she’d once hoped would be targeted with a terror attack: I’m citing a stunning number of physicists and from the New York Times and the Times of London, […]


‘Fair Game’ Dramatizes Media’s Villainous Role in Plame Wilson Scandal

The new film Fair Game, starring Naomi Watts and Sean Penn, recreates the Bush administration’s exposure of undercover CIA officer Valerie Plame Wilson in retaliation for her husband Joe Wilson’s public criticism of Bush’s WMD claims. It also depicts the shameful role that the D.C. establishment media played in facilitating the government’s efforts to marginalize and punish a dissident. FAIR addressed the press’s reprehensible performance in such pieces as “Spinning the Libby Indictment” (Extra!, 11-12/05) and “Miller’s Tale” (Media Advisory, 10/21/05). (Judith Miller’s name isn’t mentioned in the film, but her wretched reporting in the New York Times makes a […]


Coulter Updates Her Hatebook Status

The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Mark Potok (HateWatch, 2/13/09) gives a review of Ann Coulter’s lengthy history of “sliming everyone and everything she disagrees with” before disclosing that, “despite denouncing school desegregation as a ‘spectacular’ failure, Coulter has generally avoided bolstering white supremacist hate groups. Until now, that is”: In her latest foaming-mouth tome–Guilty: Liberal “Victims” and Their Assault on America, released on January 6–Coulter spends the better part of three pages defending a group called the Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC), which the New York Times had described as a “thinly veiled white supremacist organization.” Coulter begs to differ. […]


Limbaugh and Coulter Hate on Everyone

Your daily dose of radio bigotry is brought to you by the super-hater team of Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter. Rush recently hosted Coulter on his radio show (, 1/16/09), where they got down to some of the racist banter they’re so famous for: Rush: Arianna [Huffington], you need a translator. Coulter: And George Soros! Rush: Yeah, him, too. I’ve never heard the Daily Kos guy speak. Coulter: Yeah, he was brought up in someplace in Latin America. You can’t understand them. They speak in foreign accents. They represent the Democratic Party. Maybe this is just an example of their […]


Ann Coulter’s Free Speech Rights Intact

There was a whole lot of chatter a couple of days ago (thanks to the Drudge Report) about NBC‘s Today show canceling an appearance by far-right bomb thrower Ann Coulter. Should the network be applauded for deciding that they had better things to do than grant Coulter’s falsehoods and hate-mongering network airtime? Turns out not: Coulter’s segment was dropped from the schedule because of news that the show was expecting to cover in the Gaza Strip with the Israeli military action there and in Washington with the Obama transition. Today had booked former British prime minister Tony Blair. Coulter was to […]


False Balance, TV Critic Style

New York Times TV reporter Jim Rutenberg (11/2/08) tries to make a case that Fox News and MSNBC are (in Tom Rosenstiel’s words) “reverse images of each other.” Here are the actual quotes used by Rutenberg to demonstrate this supposed parallelism–first, Ann Coulter on Fox (10/30/08): I feel like we are talking to the Germans after Hitler comes to power, saying, “Oh, well, I didn’t know.” And then Chris Matthews on MSNBC (10/29/08), addressing those who wouldn’t vote for Obama because he’s black: He’s been a good father, a good citizen, he’s paid attention to his country…. Give the guy […]