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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Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - 10:15am
Even Praising His Political Skills, Washington Post Still Side-Eyes Sanders
Despite some by-now familiar imagery—Bernie Sanders is a “self-described democratic socialist” who has been “traveling the country venting his outrage”—the Washington Post ’s post-Iowa rundown ( 2/2/16 ) is in some ways an uncomplicated report on a Sanders showing that was “surprising” to a press...
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Saturday, January 30, 2016 - 11:30am
In Coverage of Planned Parenthood Smear, Partisan Conflict Crowds Out Reproductive Rights
“Indictment Deals Blow to GOP Over Planned Parenthood Battle” was the New York Times ‘ choice of headline for a January 26 piece reporting that a Texas grand jury—set to investigate the women’s health organization for selling fetal tissue for profit—found no wrongdoing on the part of Planned...
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Saturday, January 23, 2016 - 3:45pm
Holding a ‘Go Donald!’ Media Accountable for ‘Normalizing Extremism’
Great Britain won’t actually ban Donald Trump from the country but Parliament did spend time taking seriously what was called Trump’s “poisonous, corrosive” effect on public discourse. At the same time, actors, writers and others, including Harry Belafonte, Eve Ensler and Noam Chomsky, launched a...
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Saturday, December 5, 2015 - 8:30am
A Missed Chance to Connect Paris Massacres, Past and Present
In a piece picked up everywhere from the Chicago Tribune to the Knoxville News Sentinel , the Associated Press called the November 13 ISIS attacks in Paris “the deadliest violence to strike France since World War II.” The Atlantic concurred with that description for the horrific attacks that killed...
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Monday, November 23, 2015 - 12:45pm
Abuse Charges Against a Former Cop Are Disturbing–As Is the Lack of Media Interest
Daniel Holtzclaw is a former Oklahoma City police officer now standing trial on 36 counts, including rape, sexual battery and stalking. Twelve women and one 17-year-old girl have come forward, saying Holtzclaw assaulted them while on patrol. Most of the victims were black, poor and embroiled in the...
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Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 1:00pm
China’s Cyberspying Is ‘On a Scale No One Imagined’ – If You Pretend NSA Doesn’t Exist
Stories about cyberespionage–like the data theft at the US Office of Personal Management believed but not officially stated to have been carried out by China–are weird. For one thing, they include quotes about how “we need to be a bit more public” about our responses to cyberattacks–delivered from...
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Monday, June 8, 2015 - 3:30pm
For AP, Being Shot by a Cop Makes You a Suspect
I often think the clearest glimpse into a media outlet’s view of an issue comes not in the articles that directly engage it, but in the little throwaway descriptions—the shorthand used to sum up the story. Take a look, then, at this AP wire report ( 6/8/15 ), in which an account of a brutal...
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Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 2:15pm
Getting Media to Take Climate Threats Seriously? There's a Snowball's Chance
Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Ok.), who chairs the Environment and Public Works Committee, took to the Senate floor recently to try to debunk what he called the "hysteria on global warming" by holding a snowball. While the Washington Post editorialized that the performance was a "national embarrassment"–...
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Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 2:30pm
Ebola Story Puts Old Fears in New Virus
As of early November , there have been four known cases of the Ebola virus in the US: Liberian Thomas Duncan, who was brought to Dallas Presbyterian Hospital and subsequently died of the disease, two nurses who cared for Duncan (both cured), and a doctor who became symptomatic in New York City...
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 6:45am
Two More 'Police Incidents,' Shrouded in Media Euphemism
That so many black people are killed by law enforcement is a painful, difficult thing to face. That we don't know how many people is a scandal in itself. Most media don't go full Giuliani on the issue. But the effort to look away dies hard. USA Today reported on the fatal shooting of a 12-year-old...
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