Apr
15
2008

Tim Robbins Speaks Out to National Broadcasters

We encourage you to listen to FAIR advisory board member Tim Robbins' no-holds-barred speech on broadcasting and to pass it on to your friends. A renowned actor, director and writer, Robbins used his keynote address at the National Association of Broadcasters conference on April 14 to speak out about the "dangerous lack of diversity of opinion" that characterizes the state of broadcasting today. The speech is available on the FAIR website: (MP3/ WAV) Robbins opened his speech "apologizing" to Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly and other right-wing broadcast pundits: A few years ago, they told America that because I had different […]

Dec
22
2006

Antonia Juhasz on Iraq and oil, Jenny Toomey & Peter DiCola on radio consolidation

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: If you wanted to be dismissed by elite pundits and reporters before the Iraq War began, all you had to do was mention oil. Suggesting that Iraq's massive petroleum reserves had anything at all to do with US interest in regime change was a good way to get branded a kook or conspiracy theorist, at best. But years later, Iraq's oil is still coming up convesations about the Iraq War. Are the media finally catching up with this story, or not? Antonia Juhasz, author of the book The Bush Agenda: Invading the World, One […]

Dec
01
2000

Over 1,000 March Against Corporate Media

Protests shut out of news

On September 21, media activists from across the country converged on San Francisco for a historic protest at the annual radio convention of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), culminating in a march and rally on September 23 attended by well over 1,000 people. FAIR endorsed and played an active role in the demonstrations, as did a broad slate of media, labor and human rights groups; the San Francisco-based Media Alliance was one of the key organizers. Activists gathered to spotlight the undemocratic activities of the NAB, which is the principal lobbying and membership organization of the broadcast industry and […]

Oct
02
2000

NAB 2000

San Francisco Chronicle Gives Short Shrift to NAB Protests

In what amounts to a news blackout, the September 21 - 23 demonstrations at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) convention in San Franciscoreceived no coverage in any major mainstream press or broadcast outletsoutside the Bay Area. Given that the protests were meant to spotlight the undemocratic activitiesof the NAB and of corporate media in general, the lack of coverage isdeplorable but perhaps not a surprise. What's more remarkable is that eventhe city's major hometown paper, the San Francisco Chronicle, ran no newsstories focusing on the demonstrations. The Chronicle's coverage consisted of one news article detailing the arrestof three National […]

Sep
26
2000

Over 1,000 March Against NAB

From September 21 - 23, media activists from across the country converged in San Francisco for a historic protest at the annual radio convention of the National Association of Broadcasters' (NAB), culminating in a march and rally on September 23 attended by well over 1,000 people. FAIR endorsed and played an active role in the demonstrations, as did a broad slate of media, labor and human rights groups; the San Francisco-based Media Alliance was one of the key organizers. Activists gathered to spotlight the undemocratic activities of the NAB, which is the principal lobbying and membership organization of the broadcast […]

Sep
18
2000

Open Letter to the NAB

Dear Mr. Fritts, We are writing to remind the NAB that this country's airwaves are the property of the American people. Independent, critical and genuinely representative media are crucial to a healthy democracy; without them, citizens lose the means to control and participate in the public debate that sets the nation's political agenda. As it stands today, the broadcasting industry is failing to serve the public. Dissenting political viewpoints are routinely marginalized in national mainstream media, and the interests and perspectives of women, people of color, labor, local communities, and lesbians, gays and bisexuals are consistently underrepresented. Across the country, […]

Sep
14
2000

Broadcasters Celebrate Big Gains From Violence And Greed

Does America have a military-industrial-media complex? Whether you consider the question in terms of psychology or economics, some grim answers are available from the National Association of Broadcasters, a powerful industry group that's about to hold its radio convention in San Francisco. When a recent Federal Trade Commission report faulted media companies for marketing violence to children, various politicians expressed outrage. But we've heard little about the NAB — a trade association with a fitting acronym. The NAB has a notable record of nabbing the public airwaves for private gain. Nearly 40 years ago, a farewell speech by President Dwight […]

Sep
01
2000

FIGHT THE NAB!

The National Association of Broadcasters & the Struggle for Democratic Media

On September 20 - 23, 2000 in San Francisco, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) hosted the radio industry's annual convention. One of the most powerful lobbies in the country, the NAB represents corporate media and works tirelessly to keep control of the airwaves away from the public and firmly in the hands of big business. In 2000, media activists fought back. Activists from across the country took to the streets of San Francisco to let the NAB know that the public demands democratic media. Please check out the resources below to learn more about the protests, the NAB and […]