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.

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

CNN's Situation Room

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.

Mar
14
2014

No More Media Silence on TPP

Networks Skip Controversial Trade Deal

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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

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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

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