Oct
19
2010

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, […]

Mar
09
2010

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 […]

Jul
28
2009

Doctors, media critics demand broader TV debate on healthcare

Between noon and 1 pm EST, the national media watch group FAIR and local healthcare advocacy groups will deliver a petition signed by over 12,000 people demanding that the TV networks include the single-payer proposal in their coverage of the national healthcare debate. The petition's signatories include Obama's longtime physician, Dr. David Scheiner; filmmaker Michael Moore; former MSNBC host Phil Donahue; actors Mike Farrell, Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon; and doctors Quentin Young, Stephanie Woolhandler and David Himmelstein of Physicians for a National Health Program. The petition will be presented to a representative of ABC News, which disinvited Dr. Scheiner […]

Jul
23
2009

Doctors, Media Critics to Deliver Prescription for a Broader TV Debate on Healthcare

July 28, NYC: Petition delivery at ABC

WHAT: The national media watch group FAIR and local healthcare advocacy groups will deliver a petition signed by over 11,000 people demanding that the TV networks include single-payer in their coverage of the national healthcare debate. The petition's signatories include Obama's longtime physician Dr. David Scheiner, filmmaker Michael Moore, former MSNBC host Phil Donahue, actors Mike Farrell, Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon, and doctors Quentin Young, Stephanie Woolhandler and David Himmelstein of Physicians for a National Health Program. The petition will be presented to ABC News, which disinvited Dr. Scheiner from its recent forum on healthcare reform, where he'd been […]

Jul
16
2009

Censored By ABC, Obama's Longtime Doctor Speaks Out

CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO The doctor who served as Obama's personal physician for 22 years speaks out about how ABC disinvited him from their healthcare forum two days before the prime-time event where he was planning to ask about single-payer healthcare. Watch FAIR's exclusive video interview with Dr. Scheiner and add your name to FAIR's petition demanding that the networks include single-payer in the healthcare debate here. Many experts see single-payer national health insurance as the most sensible solution to expand coverage to the uninsured and to reduce costs. This proposal polls well with the public, who preferred it […]

May
20
2009

Join FAIR at the NYC Grassroots Media Conference

Join FAIR at the 6th Annual NYC Grassroots Media Conference Hope to Action Saturday | May 30th 2009 Since 2004, the annual NYC Grassroots Media Conferences feature workshops, skills-sharing, dialogue, debate and strategizing sessions about media making, media policy and how to use media to forward social justice campaigns. Hunter College, 68th Street and Lexington Ave | Entrance via West Building Hours: 9am-6pm FAIR's Managing Editor, Julie Hollar, along with Arun Gupta of the Indypendent and Christy Thornton of the NACLA Report on the Americas, will lead the panel: "Life After the Death of Left Print Journalism?" 12:15 - 1:45 […]

Apr
10
2009

PBS Ombud Sides with Frontline Critics

PBS ombud Michael Getler is siding with critics of a Frontline documentary that failed to examine single-payer national health insurance as a possible alternative to the U.S. healthcare system. Citing FAIR's study "Media Blackout on Single-Payer Healthcare," which documented that single-payer advocates were all but shut out of the media discussion about healthcare reform, Getler stated: I find myself in agreement with those who wrote initially and who felt it was a missed opportunity by Frontline to shed some light on where this specific idea - clearly telegraphed in the previous program about how other countries do it, enjoying some […]

Feb
04
2009

FAIR challenges CBC Ombud's Report

As the BBC continues to come under fire for refusing to carry an aid appeal for Gaza, the U.S. media watch group FAIR is challenging the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for making false and biased claims after a campaign by groups that advocate for uncritical coverage of Israel. The campaign was launched in response to CBC’s October 23, 2008 airing of the 2003 educational documentary Peace, Propaganda and the Promised Land. The film cited a FAIR report on U.S. media coverage of the Israel/Palestine conflict, prompting the CBC's French-language radio ombud Julie Miville-Dechêne to question the independence of FAIR’s research, referring […]