Feb 1 2016

‘Single Payer Saves Money by Saying No to the Insurance Industry’

CounterSpin interview with Steffie Woolhandler on media attacks on single payer

Steffie Woolhandler (photo: Rick Friedman)

“We’re paying for national health insurance and we’re just not getting it…. We’re already paying more per capita than the total cost of healthcare, public and private, for any other nation on the earth.”

Feb 1 2016

‘The Way Corporate Media Use the Word “Center” Is Not the Way Ordinary People Use It’

BradCast: Bernie Sanders & Donald Trump

Brad Friedman of the BradBlog wrote up his interview with FAIR’s Jim Naureckas for his radio show the BradCast.

Jan 31 2016

Where Did the Years Go? NYT Dismisses Experience of ‘Fringe’ Candidates

New York Times: Bernie Sanders volunteer in Iowa

The dichotomy the New York Times draws between the “experienced” and “proven” candidates and presumably inexperienced, unproven outsiders doesn’t stand up to much scrutiny.

Jan 31 2016

Reporting on Panamanian Truth Commission, Al Jazeera Cites FAIR’s 1990 Work

Colin Powell in Panama

Writing in Al Jazeera about Panama’s establishment of a truth commission to investigate the consequences of the 1989-90 US invasion of that country, Belén Fernández cites FAIR’s 1990 critique of invasion coverage.

Jan 31 2016

CNN’s Double-Dealing in Des Moines

Chris Cuomo confronts Bernie Sanders at CNN town hall (Image: Young Turks)

The kind of question CNN’s Christopher Cuomo asked Bernie Sanders at CNN’s Iowa town meeting were quite different from the kind Cuomo asked Hillary Clinton.

Jan 30 2016

Media Attacking Single-Payer Are Getting Paid Under Current Health System

Bernie Sanders as depicted by Vox

Many of the outlets pushing back on single payer are owned by large media corporations with sizable investments in private healthcare and its current neoliberal iteration, the Affordable Care Act. They have not just a political and ideological incentive to maintain private healthcare, but a tremendous financial one as well.

Jan 29 2016

In Coverage of Planned Parenthood Smear, Partisan Conflict Crowds Out Reproductive Rights

NYT: "Undercover Planned Parenthood Video"

From the New York Times, you get that the indictment of videomakers who made a deceptive video attacking Planned Parenthood might hurt Ted Cruz, What you don’t get is a sense that a woman’s control over her own child-bearing is at stake.

Jan 29 2016

Steffie Woolhandler on Media Attacks on Single-Payer Healthcare

Single Payer Now! (cc photo: Michael Fleshman)

We should care what media are saying about single payer—as a lesson in policing possibilities, even apart from what it means for the presidential race.