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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Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Ignoring Non-Islamic Culprits in Somalia Famine: Hunger From Harmful Aid and Agriculture Policies
As Somalia sank deeper into famine in late summer, with 63 percent of southern Somalia’s population at risk of starvation, U.S. media coverage focused on stories of misery and resilience. Measuring children’s emaciated arms and describing the scraps of dignity people struggled to maintain in refugee camps substituted for investigation of causes, or discussion of remedies beyond appeals for donations.
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Wednesday, August 03, 2011
Desperate for Democracy in Iraq
The U.S.-based women’s rights group MADRE ( 6/10/11 ) reported that members of the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq—its partner organization in Baghdad—and other protesters were brutally beaten and sexually assaulted in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square on June 10 by government-sponsored mobs.
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Tuesday, May 31, 2011
'Serious’ Republicans vs.‘Starry-Eyed’ Progressives
The budget proposal released on April 5 by Rep. Paul Ryan (R.-Wisc.) includes tax cuts for the wealthy, tax hikes for the middle class, drastic cuts in social spending and a radical restructuring of Medicare that would shift most of the cost of healthcare to seniors.
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Wednesday, March 16, 2011
In Immigration Debate, Time to ‘Drop and Leave’ Loaded Language
On the first day of the new Congress, Rep. Steve King (R.-Iowa) introduced legislation to end the 14th Amendment’s guarantee of birthright citizenship—or, as he termed it, “closing the ‘anchor baby’ loophole.” King claimed on CNN (1/7/11) that “as many as a million” of these “anchor babies” would flood the country in 2011. At the same time, five states are pursuing their own legislation to deny birth certificates to children born to unauthorized immigrants.
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Tuesday, October 19, 2010
What PBS Thinks You Need to Know: Replacement for Now & Moyers fails to fill their shoes
When Bill Moyers announced last November that he would be stepping down from Bill Moyers Journal, and PBS decided to cancel its other Friday night news show, Now, the network lost two hard-hitting independent programs from its lineup.
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Thursday, September 09, 2010
When Coverage Matters: Tea Party vs. US Social Forum
When it comes to covering activist gatherings, corporate media have established clear standards: Numbers don't count nearly as much as politics do. Last fall, when tens of thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activists and their allies marched on Washington in a grassroots rally for equality, media gave it far less coverage than the similarly sized, largely corporate-funded Tea Party protest in Washington just a month earlier (Extra!, 12/09).
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Wednesday, June 02, 2010
Wealth Gap Yawns--and So Do Media
The Insight Center for Community Economic Development ( 3/8/10 ) released a stunning report about the wealth gap for women of color: Single black women have a median wealth of $100 and Hispanic women of $120--dramatically lower than white men ($43,800), white women ($41,500) or black men ($7,900).
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Friday, February 05, 2010
‘Climategate’ Overshadows Copenhagen: Media regress to the bad old days of false balance
With the Kyoto Protocol expiring in 2012, the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen (COP15) was intended to make new international commitments to reduce emissions and fight the effects of global warming. But instead of discussing measures, deadlines and the urgency of international action, the overriding media story going into Copenhagen was whether scientists have been making up the whole "global warming" thing all along.
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Thursday, June 04, 2009
Media Quarantine of Single-Payer Continues
As a big healthcare policy debate looms once again in Washington, one thing remains as certain as it was in 1993: A single-payer plan that would provide government health insurance to everyone is off the media agenda. CNN senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen recently explained why healthcare "reform" is more possible now than it was under the Clinton administration (3/5/09):
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Friday, May 08, 2009
Congo Ignored, Not Forgotten: When 5 million dead aren’t worth two stories a year
The wars that have wracked the Democratic Republic of the Congo since 1996, killing well over 5 million people (International Rescue Committee, 1/08 ) in what may be the deadliest conflict since World War II, are officially over. A peace agreement was signed in 2002, and general elections were held in 2006.
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