Jim Naureckas

Jim Naureckas is editor of EXTRA! Magazine at FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting). He is the co-author of Way Things Aren't: Rush Limbaugh's Reign of Error, and co-editor of The FAIR Reader. He is also the co-manager of FAIR's website.

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Saturday, December 10, 2011 - 9:45am
Why Is PBS Telling Us That Profit Is Journalism's Friend?
PBS has a website called MediaShift , billed as "Your Guide to the Digital Media Revolution." Based on an alarming post this week headlined "Tear Down the Wall Between Business and Editorial!" ( 12/7/11 ), the revolution looks rather revolting.
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Wednesday, July 6, 2011 - 7:56am
Losing the Plot: The Afghan War after bin Laden
With Osama bin Laden dead, can the United States finally bring an end to the Afghan War, its longest-lasting foreign military conflict? It’s an obvious question, since the invasion of Afghanistan was largely portrayed as an effort to catch the leader of the group that carried out the September 11 attacks.
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Friday, December 3, 2010 - 12:03pm
Hoover Wins! Corporate Media Spin Mid-Term Election as Victory for Austerity
While we had to wait until Election Night to find out that John Boehner eclipsed Nancy Pelosi, and that Harry Reid withstood Sharron Angle, one politician's success was pre-ordained by corporate media long before the votes were cast: Herbert Hoover. Although pundits rarely if ever named the long-dead former president as a winner of the midterms, the way they framed the election made it inevitable that his once-discredited policy of responding to economic crisis with austerity would come out on top on Election Day.
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Friday, October 15, 2010 - 12:23pm
‘Saving’ Social Security From Its Previous Rescue
Way back in 1983, corporate media helped sell the dubious notion that Social Security needed saving by a blue-ribbon commission (Extra!, 1-2/88 ). The panel-headed by future Federal Reserve chair Alan Greenspan-raised payroll taxes and the retirement age for the ostensible purpose of accumulating a large surplus to help finance the retirement of the baby boomers born between 1946 and 1964.
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Thursday, July 8, 2010 - 3:55pm
Defending Arizona: Pundits Scramble to Justify Anti-Immigrant Law
When Arizona passed a patently unconstitutional law, SB 1070, requiring residents to prove their citizenship to any suspicious police officer, the state did not lack for defenders in the corporate press.
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Sunday, February 7, 2010 - 1:10pm
Journalists Examine Teapot Tempests as Real Glaciers Melt
Curtis Brainard of CJR's Observatory blog ( 1/29/10 ) complains about the lack of coverage of what he calls "Glaciergate":
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Friday, December 4, 2009 - 12:06pm
Not So Fast, Filibuster
The United States has made a dramatic change in its system of governance—with little debate or even attention paid in corporate media.
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Saturday, November 14, 2009 - 10:53am
Public Media and the Decommodification of News: News Behind Pay Walls is No Help to Democracy
There have been various proposals to "save journalism" from the crisis brought on by digitalization. But by and large these ideas have less to do with meeting the information needs of a democratic society than with preserving the profit potential of existing media outlets.
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Tuesday, August 11, 2009 - 9:45am
Misjudging Sotomayor Coverage
Writing about Barack Obama's nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, Politico's Mike Allen (5/27/09) declared: The media's left-of-center bias is rarely more apparent than during court fights. The coverage running up to the pick was slanted heavily toward the notion of how "pragmatic" Obama's legal views are and how unlikely he was to pick a liberal.
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Tuesday, July 7, 2009 - 10:27am
Before We 'Save' Journalism: The Future of News Reporting Shouldn't Be Its Past
One thing to keep in mind while worrying about the future of journalism is that its past hasn’t been all that great either.
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