Don’t Commit Journalism at the National Press Club

When former FAIR staffer Sam Husseini found out that Saudi Prince Turki al-Faisal al-Sa’ud would be speaking at the National Press Club, he thought it might be a good chance to ask a tough question. The National Press Club apparently didn’t like that idea. Husseini writes: Before the end of the day, I’d received a letter informing me that I was suspended from the National Press Club “due to your conduct at a news conference.” The letter, signed by the executive director of the Club, William McCarren, accused me of violating rules prohibiting “boisterous and unseemly conduct or language.” Want […]


Politico Hews to Corporate Line on Healthcare

Blogging at today (5/4/09), Corporate Crime Reporter‘s Russell Mokhiber describes the contents of a “much-hyped special section on healthcare” from Politico that features below the headline a Matt Wuerker cartoon of “the U.S. healthcare system” as a patient–“and you can’t touch patient or you’ll get zapped. As in: ‘Bzzt! Don’t even go near proposing single payer. You’ll be called a socialist!’”: The issue is jam-packed with $10,000 full-page ads from the usual suspects: United Health Group, the drug industry (the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association), the high-tech medical equipment industry (Advanced Medical Technology Association) and corporate liberal groups like AARP. All […]