Janine Jackson

Janine Jackson is FAIR's program director and and producer/co-host of FAIR's syndicated radio show CounterSpin. She contributes frequently to FAIR's magazine, Extra!and co-edited The FAIR Reader: An Extra! Review of Press and Politics in the '90s (Westview Press).

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Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 9:15am
Michael Brown Had a Father
Any effort to improve the lives of black men that meets with the hearty approval of Bill O’Reilly ought to set off a few alarm bells. But My Brother’s Keeper, an initiative announced by Barack Obama in February, was received benignly by the corporate press, with the closest thing to criticism being...
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Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 3:15pm
Ferguson Case Poses Test for Corporate Media
The killing of Michael Brown, an African-American man, by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, posed a test for corporate media. The story was hard to avoid once the local community came out in protest, still ongoing, and were met harshly by police. Probably more significant for the press...
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Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 10:55am
Climate Change Is Not the Future
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Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 6:27am
Sympathy for Pakistani Girl Shows Limits of Concern
U.S. media have shown great, and warranted, interest in Malala Yousafzai, the 14-year-old Pakistani girl shot in the head October 9 by members of a Taliban faction for her outspoken promotion of education for women.
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Saturday, June 9, 2012 - 11:19am
New Media—but Familiar Lack of Diversity
Recent years have seen much rallying around “traditional” journalism in the face of its supposedly imminent demise, including the mythologizing of pre-Internet news media as a force of social cohesion.
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Saturday, November 26, 2011 - 12:04pm
But You Didn’t Hear It From... Anyone
It’s hardly necessary for a critic to argue that the country’s major daily newspapers, the New York Times and Washington Post, routinely ignore their stated principles on anonymous sources (however vague such standards may be to begin with), the outlets make the case so vividly themselves.
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Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 3:42pm
Bait-and-Switch Boosterism on Trade Pacts
Corporate media's incredibly uncritical boosterism of so-called "free trade" deals has been remarked on many times, and continues to be remarkable.
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Friday, September 9, 2011 - 9:50am
Major Media: Whistling Past the Wreckage of Civil Liberties
When the USA Patriot Act* was rushed into law after the September 11 attacks, the erosion of civil liberties the Act represented—the broad powers it gave law enforcement to spy on people, and the creation of the dangerously ill-defined crime of “domestic terrorism”—met with little detailed scrutiny or principled challenge from major media.
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Monday, May 9, 2011 - 11:52am
Disability Rights Activists Are Even Invisible Getting Arrested on Capitol Hill
Elite media’s selective disdain for public activism is well known. Still, you’d think some things would garner a word or two. Like 300 disability rights activists, a couple hundred in wheelchairs, occupying the rotunda of the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, D.C. The May 2 demonstration was organized by the rights group ADAPT to protest Republican budget plans for Medicaid. Ninety-one people were arrested and carted off by Capitol police.
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Saturday, March 19, 2011 - 12:15pm
How Power Shapes the News
U.S. media consumers are used to magazines where ads outnumber stories, to on-air hosts who contractually consume brand-name drinks, to “consideration provided by” this and “brought to you by” that. But when it comes to the news, many still maintain at least the kernel of expectation that reports in the paper or on TV have more to do with journalistic judgment than with anything else.
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