Nov
14
2014

No Debate and the New War

Study finds little opposition to US attacks on Iraq, Syria

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In the run-up to the US military attacks in Iraq and Syria, US media presented almost no debate on whether the country should go to war.

Oct
08
2014

Public TV: Where the One Percent Rule

Corporate sector overwhelmingly dominates public TV governing boards

A recent essay in Harper's (10/14) roiled the waters at PBS by arguing that public television is too often geared towards serving the "aging upper class: their tastes, their pet agendas, their centrist politics." Perhaps that's no surprise. A new FAIR study finds that the trustees of major public television stations are overwhelmingly drawn from the corporate sector. Out of 182 trustees surveyed on five station boards, 152--or 84 percent--have corporate backgrounds. Among these corporate-affiliated members, 138 are executives at elite businesses, while another 14 appear to be trustees because of their families' corporate-derived wealth. Seventy-five of the corporate-affiliated trustees […]

Jul
16
2014

STUDY: Cable News: A White Man's World

White, male guests dominate across CNN, Fox, MSNBC

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A new FAIR study reveals that when it comes to primetime cable news debates, it's a white man's world. Surveying six primetime programs on CNN,Fox News and MSNBC, the study finds that 84 percent of the 1,015 guests appearing in interview or discussion segments in a five-week period were white, while 72 percent were men. The least ethnically diverse show was, surprisingly enough, on the liberal-leaning MSNBC. On the Rachel Maddow Show--which also featured the fewest number of interview guests--94 percent of the sources were white. Fox's O'Reilly Factor was close behind, with a 90 percent white guest list. The most frequent guests on the programs are other […]

Jun
26
2014

Millions in Poverty Get Less Coverage Than 482 Billionaires

New FAIR study documents TV news' lack of interest in poor

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New FAIR study documents TV news' lack of interest in the poor.

Dec
18
2013

TV News and Extreme Weather: Don't Mention Climate Change

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Dramatic weather-related disasters are ready made for TV news. But what's not on the screen? The human-made climate change that is affecting, and in some cases exacerbating, that extreme weather.

Sep
08
2013

FAIR NYC Event: Dollarocracy--Big Money, Big Media, Bad News

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Join FAIR to celebrate the release of the new book Dollarocracy: How the Money and Media Election Complex Is Destroying America, by John Nichols and Bob McChesney. Nichols and McChesney will be joined by two very special guests: --Amy Goodman, the award-winning host of Democracy Now! --Jeremy Scahill, independent investigative journalist, author of Dirty Wars Hear all four speak about the press, the threat to independent journalism and the state of American democracy. Also appearing: Independent journalist Sarah Jaffe  and Allison Kilkenny of Citizen Radio. Monday, September 16 Judson Memorial Church 55 Washington Square South New York, NY Doors open: […]

Apr
18
2012

Right and Early

Sunday Morning Shows Are GOP TV

CBS host Bob Schieffer once declared that his show's mission was to "find interesting people from all segments of American life who have something to say and give them a chance to say it." By that standard, Schieffer's Face the Nation--and the rest of the Sunday morning TV chat shows--are failing miserably, according to a new study from FAIR. Evaluating the four Sunday morning talk shows--ABC's This Week, NBC's Meet the Press, CBS's Face the Nation and Fox News Sunday--for the eight months from June 2011 through February 2012, FAIR found a distinct conservative, white and male skew in both […]

Nov
29
2011

Keep the Heat on Corporate Media— Support FAIR Today!

After 25 years, FAIR feels more energized than ever. Why? Our sold-out anniversary celebration in New York with Glenn Greenwald, Amy Goodman, Noam Chomsky and Michael Moore inspired us. Tens of thousands of readers visit our website each and every month. Activists and academics tell us they're drawing on FAIR's expertise and experience. FAIR's analysis has even made it into major media outlets like NPR and the Washington Post. We have documented and debunked media attacks on workers in Wisconsin and beyond. We challenged the media's pro-war tilt from Afghanistan to Libya. And we pushed back against the media panic […]