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 tautology of the Trump-supporters-support-Trump story is nearly always lost on corporate reporters, who somehow never managed to find anything newsworthy in Obama supporters supporting Obama policies. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/flickr/cc) Views
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Drawing All the Wrong Lessons From Media’s Election 2020 Failures
In the wake of the 2020 election, Columbia Journalism Review editor-in-chief Kyle Pope ( 11/4/20 ) lamented “how little we seem to have learned” since media underestimate Donald Trump’s chances of success in 2016. Pope noted that polls were again “overhyped and under-scrutinized,” and argued that...
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Though many recent pieces of political commentary offered plenty of suggestions that the left wing’s vocal support for things like socialism, Medicare for All, the Green New Deal and defunding the police cost the party seats in 2020, they failed to provide any actual data that might have helped readers evaluate the veracity of those statements. (Screenshot: CNN) Views
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
When Centrists Lose, Corporate Media Blame the Left
Joe Biden hadn’t even been declared the victor of the 2020 election before establishment Democrats, in the face of poorer-than-expected results in House and Senate races, began pointing fingers at the left—with corporate media giving them a major assist. Democrats had been hoping for big wins on...
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Getting journalists to talk more directly about the true problems with the court  is a critical step along the way. (Photo: Joe Ravi/CC-BY-SA 3.0) Views
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Journalists Pick Sides When They Call Adding Justices 'Court Packing'
As Republicans ram through Trump’s third Supreme Court nomination with an election underway, Democrats are increasingly contemplating expanding the court. But rather than cover it with the “objectivity” they claim to strive for, the country’s dominant media outlets have adopted a right-wing frame...
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The president has repeatedly made baseless allegations of voter fraud, urged his followers to intimidate voters at the polls, and overruled FDA vaccine safety guidelines in an attempt to push out a Covid vaccine before the election, against the advice of scientific experts. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski / AFP / Getty Images) Views
Friday, October 16, 2020
Democracy Dies in the Light
The Trump presidency has overturned many norms of democracy, but one of his most dangerous moves is the weaponization of the powers of government against his political opponents. He’s never shied away from talk of it—as the ubiquitous chants of “Lock her up” at his 2016 rallies made clear—but as...
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Saturday, October 03, 2020
First Debate Calls for More than Cutting Off Mics
After the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden, the predominant U.S. media response to the debate was, like the global public response, one of horror: “An epic moment of national shame” (Politico, 9/30/20 ); “The Worst Presidential Debate Ever” (Poynter, 9/30/20 ); “A...
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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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