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


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.


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


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: […]


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 […]


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 […]


FAIR Seeks Columnists

The national media watch group FAIR is looking for two strong writers with distinctive voices to write regular bimonthly columns for our magazine Extra! and for our website. One column would be on issues relating primarily to media and gender; the other column would primarily concern media and race. We're seeking well-documented, fact-based media criticism, focusing on but not necessarily limited to U.S. corporate news coverage. An understanding of the ways that racism, sexism and class bias interact in media is a must. Ability to promote one's work via social media a plus. Yearly pay for each column will be […]


News Corp's Hack Shows a Double Standard

Palin Hack Had O'Reilly Calling for Criminal Prosecution

The explosive allegations about widespread illegal voicemail hacking by British tabloids owned by Rupert Murdoch are getting very little coverage on Murdoch's Fox News Channel (TVNewser, 7/12/11). But Fox's top host took a very different view when a Republican politician's email account was hacked, calling for the prosecution of the website that published the emails. When Sarah Palin's email account was hacked during the 2008 presidential campaign, Fox host Bill O'Reilly was outraged that anyone could publish such material. On September 17, 2008, O'Reilly said: Now, it is a felony, a federal crime, also a state crime in Alaska to […]


Taking the Public Out of Public TV

PBS fare differs little from commercial TV

UPDATE: Sign FAIR's petition to bring back Now to Friday nights. A multi-part FAIR exposé of PBS's most prominent news and public affairs programs demonstrates that public television is failing to live up to its mission to provide an alternative to commercial television, to give voice to those "who would otherwise go unheard" and help viewers to "see America whole, in all its diversity," in the words of public TV's founding document. In a special November issue of studies and analyses of PBS's major public affairs shows, FAIR's magazine Extra! shows that "public television" features guestlists strongly dominated by white, […]


Meacham to PBS Would Send the Wrong Message

According to a report on the New York Times website (3/9/10), PBS is in talks with Newsweek editor Jon Meacham to be co-host of its forthcoming Need to Know program. If the report proves accurate, it gives viewers little hope for the kind of critical, uncompromising programming that public television was created to foster. Meacham's consideration for a show that would replace hard-hitting independent programs Now and the Bill Moyers Journal sends a clear and troubling message about PBS's priorities. Meacham is a fixture on commercial TV pundit shows in addition to his Newsweek duties. In these venues, he is […]