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.

Jun 27 2015

ACTION ALERT: NPR Celebrates Fast-Track Victory With an All-Corporate Lobbyist Segment

Anti-fast track protest (photo: Public Citizen)

Three corporate lobbyists were all the voices National Public Radio chose to air on the victory of fast-track–ignoring the literally thousands of labor, environmental and other public interest groups that strenuously opposed giving Obama special authority to negotiate trade deals.

May 04 2015

For Meet the Press, Bernie Sanders Is He Who Must Not Be Named

Sen. Bernie Sanders (cc photo: Paul Morigi/Brookings)

The one major candidate who announced he was running last week–Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent who declared on April 30 he was running for the Democratic nomination–was strikingly ignored on Meet the Press’s May 2 broadcast.

Apr 23 2015

The Washington Post Should Tell You When Its Columnists Are Paid to Disinform You

Ed Rogers

It’s not clear how Washington Post readers benefit from regular exposure to a lobbyist promoting his clients’ interests, but at the very least they should be informed that there is a connection between the views Ed Rogers is espousing and the checks he is cashing.

Dec 10 2014

Equal Time for Torturers?

Networks grant CIA time to spin report

nbc-hayden

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

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.