FAIR’s Action Alert network is a powerful activism tool that encourages the public to become critically engaged with media. FAIR distributes timely, focused reports via email, critiquing a particular instance of media inaccuracy or bias, and encourages members to communicate directly to journalists to demand more responsible reporting. This activism get results - we've forced rewrites of stories, propelled undercovered stories from the sidelines to the mainstream and succeeded in getting different perspectives into the news.

Mar
21
2014

Washington Post Gets Iran Nukes Wrong--Again

Paper claims a 'march towards weapons'

Hillary Clinton (cc photo: Veni Markovski)

In a March 20 article about a Hillary Clinton speech, the Washington Post reported that Iran is marching towards nuclear weapons--repeating an error the Post has had to correct at least two times already.

Mar
14
2014

No More Media Silence on TPP

Networks Skip Controversial Trade Deal

TPP

The proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal has drawn heavy criticism. Over 500 labor, environmental and farm groups oppose granting the White House "fast track" authority to speed the pact through Congress. The deal, still being negotiated in secret, has spawned protests around the world.

But there's one thing that TPP hasn't generated: news. Let's try to change that.

Dec
16
2013

60 Minutes Does NSA PR

One-sided report excludes agency critics

FireShot Screen Capture #059 - 'NSA speaks out on Snowden, spying - CBS News' - www_cbsnews_com_news_nsa-speaks-out-on-snowden-spying

The National Security Agency has been the source of major controversy, thanks to the journalists writing critical stories based on files shared by whistleblower Edward Snowden. But the agency got a very different media reception from CBS correspondent John Miller, whose lengthy December 15 60 Minutes report looked more like PR than journalism. Miller explained at the top of the segment: "Full disclosure, I once worked in the office of the Director of National Intelligence, where I saw firsthand how secretly the NSA operates." (As with most "full disclosures," this is hardly full; Miller has spent much of his career […]

Oct
25
2013

Fight CNN's Pro-Nuke Propaganda

Network to air one-sided advocacy for nuclear power

CNN-Nukes

Why is CNN airing a one-sided documentary praising nuclear power? Join FAIR in asking the news channel to offer viewers a real debate.

Sep
30
2013

NBC's Iran Bomb

Shocking nuclear news wasn't news at all

NBC-Iran-Williams

NBC Nighly News reports that Iran is "suddenly" claiming it doesn't want nuclear weapons. But that's what they have been claiming--and NBC has been reporting-- for years.

Sep
26
2013

Washington Post's New Jerusalem Hire Too Close to Story

Family tie to Israeli PR poses major conflict of interest

Washington Post Jerusalem correspondent Ruth Eglash

The Washington Post may be violating its own conflict of interest rules by hiring a Jerusalem correspondent whose spouse works for an Israeli government-linked public relations firm. As the website Electronic Intifada (9/18/13) pointed out, correspondent Ruth Eglash's husband, Michael Eglash, is a founding partner of the pro-Israel advocacy group Upstart Activist and is the president of its affiliated PR consulting firm, Upstart Ideas. EI reports that Upstart Ideas has been "deeply involved in efforts to promote Israel and Israeli government policy for years," adding that pro-Israeli propaganda is now Upstart's "main business." A 2010 Jerusalem Post profile ("Zionist Start […]

Sep
23
2013

CNN's Conflicted 'Leftist'

Is Stephanie Cutter 'from the left'--or from the White House?

This month, CNN brought back its left-right debate show Crossfire. But is one of the left co-hosts representing the progressive viewpoint--or the White House? Stephanie Cutter was a campaign strategist for the 2012 Obama campaign, and currently heads up a PR firm called Precision Strategies. But while the premise of the CNN show is that Cutter is "from the left," she still maintains working ties to the White House. According to a Fox News report (9/3/13), Cutter was part of a PR strategy session on selling the White House's Syria policy. If so, Cutter was meeting with the White House […]

Aug
28
2013

Getting Iran Wrong, by Way of Syria

NPR, USA Today misrepresent nuclear story

Mara Liasson (cc photo: Andy Carvin)

While investigators try to establish the facts around what may be a horrific chemical attack in Syria, some media outlets are using the situation as an opportunity to make inaccurate claims about Iran. On NPR's All Things Considered (8/27/13), correspondent Mara Liasson claimed that Barack Obama "has done everything he can to avoid another foreign military involvement, but he can't avoid it after the widespread use of chemical weapons on this scale." Putting aside Liasson's declaration that non-military options are impossible, how does she know Syria launched the attack? Liasson explained: We now hear that U.S. intelligence officials are getting […]