Extra! July 2013

    FAIR STUDY: Think Tank Spectrum 2012

    Range of debate narrows as the status quo holds

    Range of debate narrows as the status quo holdsThink tank researchers are often cited by news outlets to add context and analysis to a news story. They are often portrayed as objective or nonpartisan observers (Extra!, 5/98), and as Ken Silverstein recently explained in the Nation (5/21/13), that appearance can be quite valuable to corporate donors: Nowadays, many Washington think tanks effectively serve as unregistered lobbyists for corporate donors, and companies strategically contribute to them just as they hire a PR or lobby shop or make campaign donations…. “If you’re a lobbyist, whatever you say is heavily discounted,” says Kathleen …

    Who Pays for Think Tanks?

    Corporate and foundation money often comes with an agenda

    Think tanks are important institutions that provide information and analysis to both policy-makers and the public. But when they court donations, it can become unclear whether that analysis is tainted by donor agendas.

    Sharpton’s Partisan Politics

    Civil rights activist, MSNBC host and Obama cheerleader

    While supporting the president and almost exclusively attacking the GOP and the Tea Party, Al Sharpton shields the president from accountability not only as a TV host, but as a representative of black America.

    SoundBites July 2013

    Blameless Factory Owners, Advice for Obama, Defiling Mass Media

    Public Radio’s Pro-Fracking Spin

    Brought to you by Qatar and Chevron

    The April edition of Public Radio International’s monthly program America Abroad Media, “Global Energy and Innovations,” was essentially an infomercial for the natural gas industry and fracking, under the guise of news.

    Re-Examining ‘Crack Baby’ Myth — Without Taking Responsibility

    Media manufactured a racist canard

    A true re-examination would ask: What is it about media institutions that makes them so willing to write off millions of mainly black children?

    Media Millionaires

    Journalism by and for the 0.01 Percent

    many high-profile members of the media elite live a rather charmed life. The journalism business looks to be in a disastrous state—but the view from the top is just fine.