Julie Hollar

Julie Hollar

Julie Hollar is the managing editor of FAIR's magazine, Extra!. Her work received an award from Project Censored in 2005, and she has been interviewed by such media outlets as the L.A. Times, Agence France-Presse and the San Francisco Chronicle. A graduate of Rice University, she has written for the Texas Observer and coordinated communications and activism at the Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of Texas. Hollar also co-directed the 2006 documentary Boy I Am and was previously active in the Paper Tiger Television collective.

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The recent media-sponsored town halls with President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden haven’t inspired much hope for the place of climate in the debates.  (Photo: Takver/flickr/cc) Views
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
With Planet at Stake, Moderators Must Make Climate a Focus of Debates
Wildfires continue to devastate the West Coast, and both the Arctic and Antarctica are exhibiting dramatic ice loss (CNN, 9/15/20 ). Given how little time experts say we have to prevent irreversible damage from climate change, this year’s election is truly a crucial one for the future of the planet...
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"The [USA Today] headline directly suggests that 'voters' are equally wary of both candidates," writes Hollar. (Photo: USA Today) Views
Friday, September 18, 2020
Voters Should be Wary of USA Today’s False Balance on Election 2020
One thing readers can count on every election season is false balance in the press ( FAIR.org , 12/9/16 , 10/3/12 ; Extra! , 11–12/08 ; FAIR.org , 9/30/04 ), and despite the current threats to democracy ( FAIR.org , 9/15/20 ) that one might hope would lead journalists to up their game, this year is...
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Joe Biden visited Pittsburgh in support of Democratic congressional candidate Conor Lamb (3rd L) Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at the Union Carpenters Training Center in Pittsburgh.  (Photo: Jeff Swensen/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, August 20, 2020
NYT Urges Biden to Shun His Party’s ‘Left-Leaning Brand’
As the Democratic National Convention kicks off, election season is finally heating up again—which means it’s time for corporate media to get back to flogging their “ move to the center ” horse when covering Democrats. This week’s edition comes from New York Times reporter Reid J. Epstein , in an...
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Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) on stage during the Democratic presidential debate at Texas Southern University's Health and PE Center on September 12, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) Views
Friday, August 07, 2020
As Biden Mulls VP Pick, Pundits Vie for Most Substance-Free Forecast
As presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s search for a running mate drags on, press coverage hasn’t failed to disappoint. Useful coverage would lay out each potential pick’s background and qualifications. While you certainly can find that if you look hard enough, many journalists...
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while there is much that’s uncertain about the search for a vaccine, these antibody studies are not cause for despair. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Friday, July 24, 2020
Stories Dooming Vaccine Hopes Overlook Immunity’s Complexity in Search of Easy Clicks
“With Coronavirus Antibodies Fading Fast, Vaccine Hopes Fade, Too,” read a recent headline in the San Francisco Chronicle ( 7/17/20 ). As of July 20, it was the most popular article on the paper’s website—which isn’t surprising, given that it stokes one of many people’s greatest fears right now,...
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Sunday, July 12, 2020
Corporate Media Team With Trump to Disparage Public Health Experts
Public health experts, unaccustomed to the spotlight, have really taken a beating lately. As they tirelessly work to unravel the mysteries of the Covid pandemic (and are increasingly burning out ), the president of our country has constantly attacked and undermined them—and, lately, so have...
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In the little more than two weeks since George Floyd’s brutal death at the hands of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, the idea of defunding the police was mentioned on the nation’s TV networks and in its national newspapers at least 300 times. (Photo: Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Friday, June 12, 2020
Media Acknowledge Drive to Defund Police—But Seek to Blunt Its Radical Edge
Corporate media are typically loath to cover protests (at least, those not of the right-wing variety), as years of FAIR analysis can attest. But the remarkable ongoing nationwide protests against racism and police brutality have not only drawn widespread media coverage, they’ve shifted the national...
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New York Times photo (4/12/20) of Floridians waiting in line to sign up for unemployment benefits. Views
Wednesday, June 03, 2020
Proposals to Ease Covid’s Blow on the Hardest Hit All But Ignored by Corporate Media
As rent deferrals are ending in many states, leaving renters on the hook for the back payments, nearly a quarter of all households are at risk of eviction or foreclosure, according to one estimate ( Washington Post , 5/31/20 ). The poor and people of color are the hardest hit, not just by the novel...
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A mailman wearing a mask and gloves loads a postal truck with packages at a United States Postal Service (USPS) post office location in Washington, D.C. on April 16, 2020. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Monday, May 04, 2020
Newspapers Won’t Connect the Dots on Postal Service Threats
More than six weeks after a bill was introduced to require vote-by-mail to be available for the November 3 elections, no federal steps have been taken to ensure a fair and free election in the shadow of a pandemic that threatens people’s ability to access the polls. In fact, while some states...
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For weeks now, Trump has been seizing on the Covid-19 crisis gripping the nation and the world as an opportunity to snag free air time. (Photo: Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
There’s No Reason to Turn Airtime Over to Trump’s Deceptive Coronavirus Campaign Rallies
After the 2016 election, many journalists (e.g., New York Times, 3/27/16 ) lamented their role in elevating Donald Trump to victory by handing him billions of dollars of free publicity , in exchange for the ratings and clicks his outrageous rhetoric and behavior generated for them. And yet they...
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