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.


Jeff Cohen on Media Missing the Costs of Militarism

Protester: I Want Education Not War (United for Justice With Peace)

“Today there’s an elephant in the room: a huge, yet ignored, issue that largely explains why Social Security is now on the chopping block…. That problem is U.S. militarism and perpetual war.”


Gore Vidal: FAIR Event, 1990

In the first few years of FAIR’s existence, Gore Vidal referred to us a “noble, doomed enterprise.” He meant that as a compliment, both to our work and to the immense task of challenging the myths and propaganda served up by corporate media. In 1990, Vidal appeared at a FAIR function in Los Angeles with founder Jeff Cohen. Here is a recording of the evening; Vidal’s remarks start at about the 12:30 mark.If you’d rather download the recording, you can do so here.  


The Martin Luther King You Still Don’t See on TV

As we approach the Monday holiday, we’re hearinga Pentagon lawyer suggest that Martin Luther King would support the war in Afghanistan. That makes it an ideal time torecall a 1995 column by FAIR founder Jeff Cohen and longtime associate Norman Solomon (Media Beat, 1/4/95). The full column appearsbelow, and is archived here. The Martin Luther King You Don’t See on TV by Jeff Cohen and Norman Solomon It’s become a TV ritual: Every year in mid-January, around the time of Martin Luther King’s birthday, we get perfunctory network news reports about “the slain civil rights leader.” The remarkable thing about […]


NYT: Clintonian Centrism a ‘Strategic Masterstroke’

A New York Times profile (1/8/11) of author/economist Robert Reich was headlined “Obama the Centrist Irks a Liberal Lion.” It’s hard not to see where reporter Michael Powell comes down in the debate over Democrats moving to the right: Mr. Reich sees a parallel with his former boss, Mr. Clinton, and draws no comfort from the comparison. Confronted with a muscular Republican majority in the House in 1994, Mr. Clinton mastered triangulation, which is to say he sailed into a sea neither Republican nor Democratic. It was a strategic masterstroke, but he threw overboard some liberal founding stones. It’s hard […]


‘Rush the Racist’ Bidding for St. Louis Rams?

“Rush the Racist?” is the headline over a commentary written by retired NFL receiver Keenan McCardell on the Washington Post‘s sports blog, the League–and the question many football fans might ask upon hearing the news that Rush Limbaugh is bidding to become co-owner of the St. Louis Rams. That’s because Limbaugh has a long record of making racist remarks. In a Los Angeles Times op-ed written by FAIR founder Jeff Cohen and myself, we documented many instances of Limbaugh’s racism, including his admission that he once told a black caller to “take that bone out of your nose,” his assertion […]


Owners ‘Call the Tune’ in Reported MSNBC-Fox Truce

Former TV Newser Brian Stelter’s article (New York Times, 8/7/09) about MSNBC and Fox News having “resumed their long-running feud this week after the New York Times reported that their parent companies, General Electric and the News Corporation, had struck a deal to stop each other’s televised personal attacks” states that “the deal extends beyond the prime-time hour that Mr. Olbermann and Mr. O’Reilly occupy,” reporting that “employees of daytime programs on MSNBC were specifically told by executives not to mention Fox hosts in segments critical of conservative media figures, according to two staff members.” While GE‘s official line is […]


Greenwald and Goodman Earn New I.F. Stone Award

FAIR founder Jeff Cohen’s Park Center for Independent Media has decided to give its new Izzy Award (3/4/09) “for special achievement in independent media” to Glenn Greenwald and Amy Goodman, specifically lauding the “two pillars of independent journalism” for “pathbreaking journalistic courage and persistence in confronting conventional wisdom, official deception and controversial issues”: Week after week, in meticulously documented and detailed blog posts, [Salon‘s Glenn Greenwald] skewers hypocrisy, deception and revisionism on the part of the powers that be in government and the media…. With devastatingly crisp arguments, Greenwald has inveighed against torture and defended constitutional rights for all, whether […]


Salacious Journalism: An Inside View

While “TV news executives would like us to forget this whole bizarre episode,” FAIR founder and former Fox News talking head Jeff Cohen looks back (Huffington Post, 2/22/09) at the shameful media circus that was Chandra Levy’s disappearance. “As I witnessed the farce from inside cable news,” Cohen writes, “I could see it was all about ratings and had nothing to do with journalism”: From May to September 11, cable news channels covered no story more than Condit/Levy. Not the economic slowdown, not California’s energy crisis, not Ashcroft’s or Rumsfeld’s misguided priorities, and certainly not something or someone named Al-Qaeda. […]


Chris Matthews: ‘Stinker’ of the Year?

FAIR founder Jeff Cohen and longtime FAIR associate Norman Solomon have compiled their 17th annual list of “P.U.-litzer Prizes” (OpEd News, 12/18/08). Among this year’s “stinkiest media performances”: HOT FOR OBAMA PRIZE — MSNBC‘s Chris Matthews This award sparked fierce competition, but the cinch came on the day Obama swept the Potomac Primary in February–when Chris Matthews spoke of “the feeling most people get when they hear Barack Obama’s speech. My, I felt this thrill going up my leg. I mean, I don’t have that too often.” BEYOND PARODY PRIZE–Fox News In August, a teaser for the O’Reilly Factor […]