Feb
02
2009

FAIR Study: Human Rights Coverage Serving Washington's Needs

A new FAIR study finds that leading newspapers have been putting political considerations ahead of humanitarian concerns in their editorials on human rights in Latin America. The report, "Human Rights Coverage Serving Washington's Needs," finds that while Venezuela is by every measure a safer place than Colombia to live, vote, organize unions and political groups, speak out against the government or practice journalism, editorials at four influential newspapers have portrayed Venezuela's government as having a far worse human rights record than Colombia's. While the human rights concerns expressed in newspaper editorials do not track with the degree of human rights […]

Oct
08
2008

Report: Right-wing Pundits Use Mainstream Media to Smear Muslims

Report profiles 12 top Islamophobes in U.S. media, examines the rise of "smearcasting" phenomenon - how Islamophobes use the mainstream media to spread fear, bigotry and misinformation New York - Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR), the national media watchdog group, released a first-of-its-kind report today profiling 12 of the leading Islamophobic pundits and media figures and examining the ways they’ve negatively influenced media coverage in the U.S. The report, “Smearcasting: How Islamophobes Spread Fear, Bigotry and Misinformation,” describes a loose network of right-wing, anti-Muslim partisans who regularly use innuendo, questionable sources of information and even lies to smear, and […]

May
22
2008

FAIR Study: TV News Stresses Strategy, Downplays Issues

TV news coverage of the presidential primaries has focused on campaign strategy rather than candidates' stands on issues, and gave some candidates 100 times more coverage than others, according to a new study by FAIR. FAIR studied primary election coverage on the nightly broadcast network newscasts in the six weeks leading up to February 5, often referred to this year as “Super-Duper Tuesday,” when 24 states held primaries or caucuses. Of the 385 news stories aired on ABC World News, CBS Evening News and NBC Nightly News: 252 stories were mainly about campaign strategy--the “how” of getting elected--and 79 of […]

Mar
28
2008

Study Finds Decline of Think Tank Citations in Media

Think tank citations in the media are dropping, but right and center still predominate, according to a new study by FAIR. The annual study, which FAIR has conducted since 1995, counts citations of the 25 most prominent think tanks of right, center and left, using the Nexis database. Citations for the 2008 study were counted in what Nexis designates to be major U.S. newspapers, as well as in transcripts of the broadcast networks ABC, CBS and NBC; the cable channels Fox News, CNN, MSNBC and CNBC; and publicly funded PBS and NPR. Among the findings for 2007: * The ideological […]

Jul
18
2007

FAIR Study: Covering Africa through celebrities

A disproportionate percentage of already-scant network news coverage of Africa revolves around celebrities like Bono and Angelina Jolie, a new FAIR study finds. Such celebrity-driven coverage imparts remarkably little information about the continent and the people who live there, study author Julie Hollar reports. Among the study's findings: In 2005 and 2006, ABC, CBS and NBC aired a total of 199 stories with a sub-Saharan African country, region or citizen as a primary subject. Thirty one of these stories, or 15 percent of the networks' Africa coverage over the two years, had a celebrity angle. During Sierra Leone's 11-year civil […]

Jul
09
2007

Celebrities or Silence

FAIR Study on Media Coverage of Africa

A disproportionate percentage of already-scant network news coverage of Africa revolves around celebrities like Bono and Angelina Jolie, a new FAIR study finds. Such celebrity-driven coverage imparts remarkably little information about the continent and the people who live there, study author Julie Hollar reports. Among the study's findings: In 2005 and 2006, ABC, CBS and NBC aired a total of 199 stories with a sub-Saharan African country, region or citizen as a primary subject. Thirty-one of these stories, or 15 percent of the networks' Africa coverage over the two years, had a celebrity angle. During Sierra Leone's 11-year civil war […]

Oct
03
2005

FAIR Calls for De-Funding CPB

How to REALLY save PBS: Replace corrupt board with independent trust

As Republican activist Cheryl Halpern takes the helm of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Republicans in Congress call for CPB funding cuts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, public broadcasting's defenders look ahead once again to a fight to "save PBS." But the broader issues remain overlooked: Is public broadcasting delivering on its promise of offering a true alternative to commercial broadcasting? Does the CPB really, as its mission statement proclaims, "encourage the development of programming that involves creative risks and that addresses the needs of unserved and underserved audiences, particularly children and minorities"? In the October issue of […]

Nov
05
2004

New York Times Killed "Bush Bulge" Story

November 5, 2004 Five days before the presidential election, the New York Times killed a story about the mysterious object George W. Bush wore on his back during the presidential debates, journalist Dave Lindorff reveals in an exclusive report on this week's CounterSpin , FAIR's weekly radio show. The spiked story included compelling photographic and scientific evidence that would have contradicted Bush's claim that the bulge on his back was just a matter of poor tailoring. "The New York Times assigned three editors to this story and had it scheduled to run five days before the election, which would have […]