Janine Jackson

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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Friday, May 26, 2017
Elite Media Need to Recognize Assaults on Reporters as a Pattern–and a Threat
It is heartening at least that Montana newspapers withdrew their endorsements of Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte—who won a special election in the state on Thursday—after he grabbed Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs by the neck for trying to ask him a question, slammed him to the floor...
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Saturday, May 20, 2017
Chelsea Manning Is Free–but Whistleblowers Still Face Prison
Human Rights Watch is glad that Chelsea Manning is free. A statement from the group’s General Counsel’s office notes that Manning’s “absurdly disproportionate” 35-year sentence for passing classified documents to Wikileaks in 2010, commuted by Barack Obama on his last day in office, was prosecuted...
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Friday, May 12, 2017
Big Media Need to Fight for the Right to Protest
West Virginia state police arrested Dan Heyman, a veteran reporter with Public News Service , for repeatedly asking Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price whether being a target of domestic violence would be considered a “pre-existing condition,” allowing health insurance to be denied, under...
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Saturday, March 11, 2017
In Women’s Strike, Media Miss a Moment to Look in Mirror
March 8 was International Women’s Day, this year marked by a Women’s Strike—a coordinated day of action, not limited to work stoppage, that organizers said was intended to highlight how women’s work, contributions, and humanity continue to be undervalued. With an avowed misogynist in the White...
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Saturday, February 18, 2017
Scrutiny for Supreme Court Pick Fails to Focus on Rights of Disabled
Since Donald Trump announced Neil Gorsuch as his nominee for the Supreme Court, media have coalesced around a few themes: One is about whether any Trump appointment should be blocked as payback to Republicans, as expressed in a New York Times headline ( 2/13/17 ): “Democrats’ Quandary on Gorsuch:...
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Saturday, January 07, 2017
Signs Look Grim for Media Picking the Side of Liberty and Dissent
This is a kind of “which side are you on?” moment for journalists. Will they defend the rights and liberties of the many communities under threat—Muslims, women, those reliant on government assistance? Will they keep alive a space for dissent and critical questioning in the face of a White House...
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Friday, December 16, 2016
Hypocrisy of Russia-Did-It Stories Is Hard to Stomach
It is, of course, worth knowing what involvement any other country might have had in the US election, but elite media’s consumption with the Russia-did-it storyline so far is discouraging to say the least. The Intercept ‘s Sam Biddle ( 12/14/16 ) has a breakdown of what public evidence there is...
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Sunday, December 11, 2016
If We Were ‘Staggered’ by Police Brutality, Wouldn’t Walter Scott Mistrial Have Knocked Us Over?
Corporate media reported the mistrial in the case of South Carolina police officer Michael Slager, whom video showed shooting unarmed African-American Walter Scott eight times in the back in April 2015, handcuffing him on the ground, and then dropping a taser alongside his body—this after Slager...
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Friday, November 18, 2016
Spinning Bannon as ‘Provocateur’ Who ‘Relishes Combativeness’
There’s a difference between bad news and bad reporting. We’re seeing a lot of both these days, as each Trump Cabinet choice hurls us deeper into dystopia. For example: How do you describe a man who propagates white supremacy, misogyny and antisemitism? If you’re the New York Times , you call him a...
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Saturday, October 29, 2016
At DAPL, Confiscating Cameras as Evidence of Journalism
While elite media wait for the resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline to go away so they can return to presenting their own chin-stroking as what it means to take climate change seriously , independent media continue to fill the void with actual coverage. One place you can go to find reporting is...
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