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.

Oct 26 2015

ACTION ALERT: NYT Claims Clinton ‘Emerging as Unrivaled Leader’ in Democratic Race

Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton and Martin O'Malley at Democratic debate (image: CNN)

Hillary Clinton, the “unrivaled leader,” leads her closest rival, Bernie Sanders, by 7 percentage points in an average of recent polls in the first caucus state, Iowa. In the first primary state, New Hampshire, she trails Sanders by 2 points;

Oct 09 2015

ACTION ALERT: Why Do Conservatives Get to Question Candidates–but Not Progressives?

Hugh Hewitt (cc photo: Bill Rice)

One of three panelists CNN selected for the Republican debate last month was conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt. But at the upcoming Democratic debate, CNN is not planning to include a single progressive advocate among its panel of four questioners.

Oct 01 2015

Action Alert: New York Post Gets Ethel Rosenberg History Wrong

Ethel and Julius Rosenberg

The New York Post reported that ” Ethel Rosenberg…was executed with her husband for treason.” That’s just wrong, and deserves a correction.

Sep 03 2015

Action Alert: NYT Gives a False Pass to US on Cluster Bomb Sales

Part of a US-made cluster bomb found in Yemen. (photo: Human Rights Watch)

The New York Times describes the United States as one of the countries that hasn’t signed the Convention on Cluster Munitions “but have abided by its provisions.” This is just wrong, as the United States continues to make and sell cluster bombs.

Jul 19 2015

PETITION: NYT, Washington Post: Provide Sustained Coverage of US-Backed Civilian Deaths in Yemen

Face the Nation reports on Yemen airstrike

Coverage of civilian deaths in Yemen by major US media outlets, like the New York Times and the Washington Post, has been cursory and superficial.

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.