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.

Dec
10
2014

Equal Time for Torturers?

Networks grant CIA time to spin report

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The December 9 release of the executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on CIA torture prompted substantial media coverage. But the network newscasts seemed to be guided by the need to apply something like an "equal time" rule for the torturers.

Oct
10
2014

Settlements or Neighborhoods? NPR Takes Netanyahu's Side

By law, they're Israeli colonies, but NPR's guest calls them 'neighborhoods'

Gilo, occupied West Bank (cc photo: Justin McIntosh/Wikimedia)

NPR's Morning Edition takes a look at Israeli prime minister's misleading rhetoric about settlement expansion--but their only guest is an Israeli writer who agrees with him.

Sep
22
2014

Climate Crisis? That's Not News

Sunday chat shows skip People's Climate March

What People's Climate March coverage looked like on Democracy Now!

Hundreds of thousands filled the streets of New York for the People's Climate March. But some big corporate media outlets didn't seem to think that was news.

Aug
18
2014

NYT Would Call It Torture--If It Covered Torture

Ignoring Amnesty report on US torture program

Naimatullah, Afghan torture witness (CBS)

After more than a decade of criticism, the New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet announced (8/7/14) that when the paper reports on US torture, it will call it "torture" (FAIR Blog, 8/8/14). But what if the paper decides that well-documented evidence of US torture is not fit to print? On August 11, Amnesty International released a lengthy report about abuses in Afghanistan committed by US forces and others, including Afghan security. The report includes serious allegations about US Special Forces torturing Afghan civilians. The Amnesty report has received some attention in US outlets, including the LA Times (8/11/14), Washington […]

Jun
20
2014

CNN Brings Back Those Who Were Wrong on Iraq

'Situation Room' guestlist missing skeptics of Iraq invasion

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TV coverage of the current Iraq crisis looks a lot like 2003, when pro-war pundits, former generals and hawkish politicians dominated the debate. CNN's Situation Room, hosted by Wolf Blitzer, illustrates how TV has returned to that narrow, pro-government discussion of Iraq.

Jun
06
2014

Will the Justice Department Send a Reporter to Jail?

Join FAIR and a coalition of organizations--including The Nation and RootsAction--to send a clear message to the Obama administration: Stop the persecution of journalists.

May
29
2014

CNN's Climate Expert: Ann Coulter?!

Tell CNN that climate coverage should be reality-based

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What's worse than not covering climate change? How about a one-on-one interview with far right climate change denier Ann Coulter. CNN, you can do better than that.

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.