Jan 8 2016

AlterNet Cites FAIR on Media and Inequality


AlterNet associate editor (and frequent FAIR contributor) Adam Johnson cited FAIR’s research on media and poverty: Bringing up the issue of poverty to the debates’ sizable audience isn’t superficial: a 2012 study by Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting found that cable news mentions of key topics like inequality were inextricably linked to their coverage of Occupy Wall Street. The national conversation follows political dialogue and priority is given to those issues highlighted by our political class.

Dec 20 2015

Washington Post Promotes Dickensian Marketing Experiment on Poor Children

Washington Post: 'Kids Face Hard Christmas Choice.'

In America, as a rule, we shame the poor, ignore the poor, blame the poor for being poor, mock the poor and do little to nothing to protect the poor. Increasingly, however, a new trend has emerged: using the poor as props in shoddy “inspirational” viral content.

Nov 24 2015

A Day in the Quality of Life at the Manhattan Institute

The Manhattan Institute's panel on "Quality of Life" (photo: Manhattan Institute)

Last week I rolled up to 7 World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan for a “Quality of Life Panel” hosted by the Manhattan Institute, one of the city’s most influential conservative think tanks.

Oct 8 2015

‘Poverty Is Not a Lifelong Identity’

CounterSpin interview with Rebecca Vallas about shaming the poor

Rebecca Vallas

“Fox News is one of the leading offenders in terms of advancing narratives and myths and misperceptions that really can end up being the basis for terrible policy, that hurt…everyone but those at the top of the income ladder.”

Oct 2 2015

Rebecca Vallas on Welfare Shaming, David Baron on Air Polluters

Air pollution (cc photo: Craig Nagy)

The growing number of people, many with jobs, relying on some form of aid isn’t enough to shake the notion that economic need is something you can shame people out of. And media recite the protests of polluting industries without interrogating them.

Sep 8 2015

‘They Were Willing to Pay the Price With Other People’s Bodies’

CounterSpin interview with Felicia Kornbluh on the legacy of 'welfare reform'

Felicia Kornbluh

Janine Jackson interviewed professor Felicia Kornbluh on the legacy of “welfare reform” for the August 28 CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.

Sep 5 2015

Ignoring the Cause of Welfare: Not Laziness but Low Wages

Comparison of tax rates for undocumented immigrants and top 1 percent

The impression many Americans hold is that people are on welfare because they are lazy. Corporate media often propagate this myth, failing to acknowledge scientific studies that show that most people on welfare live in working households.

Sep 4 2015

USA Today Provides a Platform for Anti-Immigration Think Tank’s Flawed Study

USA Today coverage of immigrants and welfare

CIS does not provide a comparison of the cost of welfare going to immigrant and non-immigrant households–presumably because such a comparison would have weakened its anti-immigrant case.