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Aug
21
2014

NYT Responds on Torture

Public editor sees FAIR's point on Amnesty report

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New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan responded to a FAIR Action Alert by saying that she agreed coverage of an Amnesty International report about US torture in Afghanistan "would have benefited Times readers."

Nov
21
2013

CNN Doubles Down on Pro-Nuclear Bias

Answers petitions, critics, with more slanted commentary

NRDC's Dale Bryk provides the only voice of skepticism on CNN's nuclear roundtable following the network's airing of pro-nuke documentary Pandora's Promise.

FAIR and RootsAction presented CNN with a petition signed by over 27,000 activists, demanding the news network present a more balanced discussion of the nuclear power issue. CNN responded by compounding the bias with a post-show roundtable, Nuclear Power: The Fallout From Fear, that featured a panel just as slanted as its title.

Oct
15
2013

Washington Post OKs Covering Your Spouse's PR Client

No conflict seen in Jerusalem reporter's husband representing Israel

The Washington Post responded to FAIR's Action Alert about the Post's Jerusalem bureau reporter, Ruth Eglash, whose husband's links to the Israeli government pose a major conflict of interest. But the paper's response--to the extent that it has any substance at all--seems to misconstrue what a conflict of interest is.

Jun
28
2013

AAM Responds on Funding of Fracking Show

But ombud glosses over conflicts of energy industry sponsors

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America Abroad Media has responded to FAIR's recent Action Alert (5/31/13) about the public radio service's pro-fracking public documentary (4/13) that was backed by funders with a financial interest in promoting natural gas. AAM acknowledged the need for a clearer explanation of fracking's environmental risks, but unfortunately almost completely ignored the funding conflict in its response. “The action alert from FAIR generated 477 emails from FAIR supporters, at the time of this writing,” AAM ombud Jeffrey Dvorkin reported (6/5/13). (Twenty-five of those messages were shared in the comments section of this FAIR Blog post.) The flood of reader messages prompted […]

Feb
04
2013

PBS Ombud, Nova Disagree on Drone Disclosure

Lockheed funding a 'problem for PBS'

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PBS ombud Michael Getler agrees with FAIR that the recent Nova special on drones that was underwritten by Lockheed Martin--a major military contractor and drone manufacturer--violates PBS funding guidelines.

Sep
14
2012

Post Ombud Agrees with FAIR on Big Oil Sponsorship

Energy 'debate' needed diversity and disclosure

The Washington Post has responded to FAIR's September 14 Action Alert, which criticized the paper for presenting a two-page energy "debate" that didn't include critics of the industry--and didn't disclose to readers that the discussion was sponsored by Big Oil. In his most recent column, Post ombud Patrick Pexton (9/21/12) largely agreed with FAIR's take, acknowledging that the panel discussions (which the Post used as the basis for the print feature) should have included more diverse views and that the sponsorship of the American Petroleum Institute (API) should have been disclosed to Post readers. The Post's Mary Jordan, who was responsible for the energy events, told Pexton that […]

May
01
2012

PBS Responds on Dow-Funded Series

PBS ombud Michael Getler (4/27/12) agrees that the Dow Chemical Corporation's sponsorship of a PBS series violates PBS underwriting guidelines. PBS, unfortunately, stands by its show. A FAIR Action Alert (4/23/12) pointed out that the decision to allow Dow to sponsor the series America Revealed, which deals with issues that closely track Dow's business interests, flies in the face of PBS funding guidelines. Noting that he had received some 500 messages inspired by the alert, Getler agreed, saying that "the points raised by FAIR were fair ones, in my view, and many of the letters were quite comprehensive in their […]

Jan
10
2012

NYT Responds on Iran Alarmism

Public Editor: 'I think the readers are correct on this'

New York Times public editor Arthur Brisbane has responded to concerns raised in a FAIR action alert last week (1/6/12), agreeing that the paper wrongly suggested that the International Atomic Energy Agency has concluded that Iran is developing a nuclear weapon. In a post at his Times blog (1/10/12), Brisbane agrees that the paper was incorrect in referring to "a recent assessment by the International Atomic Energy Agency that Iran's nuclear program has a military objective." As FAIR pointed out, the IAEA report does not make such a firm conclusion, and many critics question the evidence that Agency has collected. […]