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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"While it's important to dispel myths around the ability of the president to simply cancel elections," writes Hollar, "it's just as important to warn of the very real dangers to the 2020 election." (Photo: Pinterest) Views
Monday, March 23, 2020
It Is Not Too Early to Ask: Can the US Pull Off a November Election Amid Coronavirus?
It might be easy to forget, given the crisis enveloping the world at the moment, that the United States is scheduled to hold a very important election in November. But with projections that the Covid-19 crisis isn’t going away any time soon, what will this mean for voters’ access to the polls, and...
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When the playing field is so wildly tilted to start with, loss is hardly indicative of being out of touch with voters’ preferences. (Photo: Marc Nozell/cc/flickr) Views
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Who Wants a Revolution? No One Who Owns a Major Corporate Media Outlet
Just a few weeks ago, early Bernie Sanders primary victories had media scrambling to turn winning into losing (FAIR.org, 2/24/20 ) and to find ways to discredit his rise (FAIR.org, 2/28/20 , 3/6/20 ; Slate, 3/6/20 ). With a sudden turnaround in the race after Super Tuesday that finds Joe Biden in...
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Washington Post photo (3/4/20) of voting lines in Houston on Super Tuesday. Views
Friday, March 13, 2020
Elite Media Dismiss Voter Suppression on Grounds That It’s 'Complicated'
Some voters—disproportionately black and brown ones—waited in line for several hours on Super Tuesday to cast their ballots in the Democratic primary, and media paid attention. But their love for a good visual doesn’t always correspond with a love for connecting the dots, and so most of the...
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 If media really cared, they would make some distinctions between the different kinds of money corrupting our elections, and their size and impact—context that’s been lacking in the “they all do it” coverage of the issue. (Photo: The Intercept) Views
Wednesday, March 04, 2020
Do Media Really Care About Money in Politics?
When the newly formed Persist PAC recently launched a $12 million ad buy in support of Elizabeth Warren, newspaper headlines were pointed. “Super PAC Launches to Support Elizabeth Warren, Who Has Decried the Role of Super PACs,” announced the Washington Post ( 2/19/20 ). “Elizabeth Warren, Long a...
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Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg looks on during the Democratic presidential primary debate at the Charleston Gaillard Center on February 25, 2020 in Charleston, South Carolina. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) Views
Saturday, February 29, 2020
Democratic Debate Moderators Frame Questions to Define Acceptable Politics
With Super Tuesday around the corner, the Democratic presidential debates are coming to a close. The debates are ostensibly an exercise in democracy, a chance for voters to evaluate candidates’ positions in order to cast a better informed vote in the nominating contest. But a review of three of the...
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"The liberal Bernie Sanders tightens his grip in Iowa." (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Friday, January 31, 2020
Corporate Media Are the Real 'Sanders Attack Machine'
As the Iowa caucuses approach, corporate media are beginning to panic. “Running Bernie Sanders Against Trump Would Be an Act of Insanity,” insisted Jonathan Chait in New York magazine ( 1/28/20 ). The New York Times ‘ Paul Krugman ( 1/20/20 )—among many others ( FAIR.org , 1/24/20 )—revived the...
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Saturday, January 25, 2020
For Corporate Media, Bernie Sanders Is Bigger Threat Than Donald Trump
As Bernie Sanders emerged as a threat to Hillary Clinton’s presidential nomination in 2016, media began liberally tossing around articles equating Sanders and Donald Trump ( FAIR.org , 4/15/16 , 12/9/16 ). These typically acknowledged that the comparison seemed far-fetched, but pointed in their...
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Six candidates out of the field qualified for the first Democratic presidential primary debate of 2020, hosted by CNN and the Des Moines Register on Jan. 14. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, January 16, 2020
The Biggest Loser in the Iowa Debate? CNN’s Reputation
The biggest loser from Tuesday night’s Democratic debate ( 1/14/20 ) was CNN’s journalistic credibility. CNN debates have been marked by a tendency to pit one candidate against another, American Gladiators-style (FAIR.org, 8/2/19 ), so it’s no surprise that the cable network took its own...
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Biden has been trying to rewrite his Iraq War history, with only sporadic and halfhearted media pushback. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Views
Friday, January 10, 2020
Steady Hand Joe? Biden's Foreign Policy Instincts Are Exactly What We Don't Need
For pundits, what makes a politician strong on foreign policy? Apparently doing something for a long time matters more than honesty and good judgment—and it helps if the bad choices made are the same ones corporate media have cheered . With Donald Trump’s recent assassination of Iranian Gen. Qassem...
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Candidates participate in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary debate at Loyola Marymount University on December 19, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Views
Saturday, December 21, 2019
PBS Decides What Debate Watchers Need Is More Talk From Pundits
Debates are framed by the questions the journalists who moderate them ask, and, as FAIR has shown, those questions have built-in biases. Some issues are covered more than others , some policies are subject to harsher questioning, some ideological assumptions are more likely than others to inform...
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