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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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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"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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