Search Results for: John K. Wilson

Feb 1 2006

20 Stories That Made a Difference

For better or worse

FAIR was founded on the belief that journalism matters—that getting out the truth can improve the world, while news that distorts or denies reality can have terrible consequences. To illustrate this conviction, we’ve compiled a list of 20 news stories published since FAIR’s 1986 debut that had a major impact on society—for good or for ill. The list is not meant to be a comprehensive collection of the most momentous stories of the past 20 years, but rather to be illustrative of the power of media. Stories that should have led to serious changes, but were underplayed by corporate media, […]

Oct 1 2005

He’s Being as Hateful as He Can

Why can’t John Gibson make the big time at Fox?

While talking heads chattered about the Joe Wilson/Karl Rove “Plamegate” scandal (Extra!, 9—10/05), one cable news host staked out a firm position (7/12/05): “I say give Karl Rove a medal. . . . Valerie Plame should have been outed by somebody. And nobody else has the cojones to do it.” The host claimed—inaccurately—that Wilson’s “little wifey” sent him on the fact-finding trip to Niger, only to add days later (7/15/05) that Valerie Plame Wilson “acts like a political hack.” Meet John Gibson, host of Fox News Channel’s afternoon program The Big Story. While some of Fox News Channel’s less strident […]

Jul 20 2005

SoundBites

James Weinstein, 1926-2005 “Jim Weinstein was a shining example of a truly independent journalist…. In his own way, he was in the tradition of George Seldes and I.F. Stone and Lincoln Steffens–muckraking journalists who challenged the received wisdom. He always asked ‘Why?’ and ‘Who is behind what?’ and ‘Where are the bodies buried?’ More than ever, we need journalists such as Jim, who insisted that we must think things through, that we must remember the past in order to understand the present and prepare for the future.” –Studs Terkel on In These Times founder James Weinstein (AlterNet, 6/19/05) A Shining […]

Feb 1 2005

SoundBites

Journalistic Brown-Nosing: Then…. National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger: Now you know I’m going to be sitting there waiting. ABC‘s Barbara Walters: You’re so full of baloney. How can you be so marvelous, so fantastic, so interesting, so brilliant and so full of…. That’s the first question I’m going to ask you. Kissinger: Only if you complete the sentence. Walters (Laughter): I’m glad you’re back. –Transcript of a conversation (2/21/73) discussing an upcoming interview (Chicago Tribune, 1/18/05) …And Now Neil Cavuto, Fox News: But let me talk a little bit about what you think your message is leaving. Many people say […]

Sep 1 2004

It’s the Economy, Stupidly

Jobs reporting protects Bush's job

After many months of dismal job creation numbers, three months starting in April produced statistics that George W. Bush could cite positively. With John Kerry having devoted much effort to pointing out the poor economic performance under the Bush administration, the new numbers produced a strong media consensus: The Kerry team would have to change strategy fast. A headline in the Los Angeles Times (6/15/04) suggested that Kerry was ignoring reality by sticking to his focus: “Kerry Sidesteps Job Growth as He Hits Bush on Economy.” “Kerry’s description of the economic climate ran counter to a substantial pickup in new […]

Nov 1 2002

Another Day, Another Mass Arrest

Media unfazed by erosion of right to assemble

From September 25 to September 29, activists rallied in Washington, D.C. for the first large-scale U.S. protests against the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. On Friday, September 27, several hundred people–including activists, bystanders and journalists–were arrested en masse in what appears to have been an illegal and politically motivated detention. For many mainstream media outlets, the arrests were barely worthy of comment. ‘We want to leave peacefully’ The arrests occurred during the first of the weekend’s two most prominent actions, the Anti-Capitalist Convergence’s “People’s Strike.” The ACC (abolishthebank.org) called on activists […]

Nov 12 1999

Does PBS Consider Women Part of the Public?

Biased Series Spurs Meeting With PBS; FAIR Organizes Feminist Coalition for National Campaign

On November 9, 1999, representatives from a national coalition of over 30 feminist, progressive groups and individuals–including Barbara Ehrenreich, Gloria Steinem, the National Organization for Women, the Feminist Majority Foundation, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and a variety of women and men from the labor, black, Latina and South Asian grassroots communities–met with PBS to discuss why a recent anti-feminist series was presented by the network as impartial journalism. Of particular concern was that the series aired in the context of a PBS lineup that, overall, under-represents women and people of color. Organized by FAIR’s Women’s Desk, the […]

Mar 1 1997

The Media and the Menopause Industry

Advertising has muted dangers of estrogen therapy

You don’t get product ads unless you praise the product. –Gloria Steinem, founding editor of Ms. In his book Adverse Reactions, Thomas Maeder recalls the philosophy of Harry Loynd, an old-time president of Parke-Davis who was legendarily blunt. Loynd’s oft-repeated motto was “Pills are to sell, not to take.” He regarded physicians as extremely gullible, and lectured his staff, “If we put horse manure in a capsule we could sell it to 95 percent of these doctors.” Were he still among us, Loynd might have a great giggle over the fact that Wyeth-Ayerst’s 50-year-old Premarin, boldly named for its featured […]