Feb
01
2009

FAIR Study: Human Rights Coverage Serving Washington's Needs

FAIR finds editors downplaying Colombia’s abuses, amplifying Venezuela’s

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Click here to download pdf. Any evenhanded comparison of the Colombian and Venezuelan governments’ human rights records would have to note that, though Venezuela’s record is far from perfect, that country is by every measure a safer place than Colombia to live, vote, organize unions and political groups, speak out against the government or practice journalism. But a new survey by FAIR shows that, over the past 10 years, editors at four leading U.S. newspapers have focused more on purported human rights abuses in Venezuela than in Colombia, and their commentary would suggest that Venezuela’s government has a worse human […]

Feb
01
2009

Letters to the Editor

Debating Racism and Sexism I don’t much care what a “second-wave” feminist is, but I do know that Shirley Chisholm stated around the time she ran for president in the ’70s that she had experienced more discrimination as a woman than she had as a black person. That’s pretty strong testimony that Gloria Steinem wasn’t making “questionable use of racism as a foil to sexism,” as Julie Hollar contended in her generally useful piece, “Beyond Clinton & Palin” (Extra!, 1/09). Both “isms” were rightfully on the table for discourse during the recent campaign, not as a substitute for discussion of […]