Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR)

FAIR, the national media watch group, has been offering well-documented criticism of media bias and censorship since 1986. We work to invigorate the First Amendment by advocating for greater diversity in the press and by scrutinizing media practices that marginalize public interest, minority and dissenting viewpoints.

Releases by this organization

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Tuesday, June 07, 2016
Action Alert: AP’s Premature Call for Clinton Does Disservice to Democracy
The Associated Press ( 6/6/16 ) has unilaterally declared Hillary Clinton to be “the Democratic Party’s presumptive nominee for president,” based on the news agency’s own polling of unelected superdelegates. Superdelegates —who have a role in the Democratic nominating process based on their...
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Thursday, November 06, 2014
The 'Center' Always Holds
With the Democrats suffering substantial losses in the 2014 midterm elections, it is likely that the advice from pundits and political journalists will be the same as it always is: Move to the right. This has been the counsel almost any time that Democrats lose at the polls ( Extra! , 9/92 , 1/95...
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Monday, December 16, 2013
60 Minutes Does NSA PR
The National Security Agency has been the source of major controversy, thanks to the journalists writing critical stories based on files shared by whistleblower Edward Snowden. But the agency got a very different media reception from CBS correspondent John Miller, whose lengthy December 15 60 Minutes report looked more like PR than journalism.
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Friday, May 31, 2013
Pro-Fracking Spin on Public Radio
The April edition of the monthly public radio program America Abroad , "Global Energy and Innovations," sounded like an infomercial for the natural gas "fracking" industry. Which, in essence, is what it was. The show, which is distributed by Public Radio International ( PRI ), began with host Madeleine Brand declaring:
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Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Media and the Keystone March
Tens of thousands of climate activists marched in Washington D.C.on February 17. Did the corporate media notice them? The main focus for the activists was the White House's pending decision on the Keystone pipeline, a project that would deliver tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada, to U.S. refineries on the Gulf of Mexico. The activists argue that the carbon-intensive project would only exacerbate the climate crisis, helping to extract and burn some 170 billion barrels of oil, not to mention threatening other environmental catastrophes in Canada and the United States.
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Friday, October 26, 2012
The Moderators' Agendas: An Analysis of What Was--and Wasn't--Asked at Debate
The establishment media figures who moderated the 2012 major-party candidate debates confined the discussion to a remarkably narrow range of topics, a FAIR analysis of debate questions finds. A wide variety of topics were never brought up in questions during the six total hours of debate. Among economic subjects, no questions were asked about poverty, income inequality, the housing crisis, labor unions, agriculture or the Federal Reserve.
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Tuesday, May 01, 2012
PBS Responds on Dow-Funded Series
PBS ombud Michael Getler ( 4/27/12 ) agrees that the Dow Chemical Corporation's sponsorship of a PBS series violates PBS underwriting guidelines. PBS, unfortunately, stands by its show.
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Monday, April 23, 2012
Is 'America Revealed'--or PBS?
The four-part series America Revealed , airing on PBS stations this month, looks at big-picture economic issues, from agriculture to transportation to manufacturing. The series underwriter? The Dow Chemical Company, whose commercial interests closely track the subjects covered in the PBS series.
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Friday, February 24, 2012
NYT Lets Unnamed Officials Smear Critics as 'Terrorists'
In two stories this month, New York Times journalists allowed anonymous government officials to smear critics as terrorists and terrorist sympathizers--a shocking violation of the paper's explicit rules against allowing anonymity to be a cover for attacks.
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Thursday, February 02, 2012
ABC's Iran Propaganda: Alarmist Reporting on 'Terrorist' Threat
The January 31 ABC World News broadcast featured a blatantly propagandistic report on the supposed threat from Iran.
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