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.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011
MisEducation Nation: Corporate Media and Corporate Education Reform
NBC is staging its second annual "Education Nation" summit at the end of September--a series of events and broadcasts bankrolled by the corporate interests and foundations aligned with the so-called "education reform" movement. Corporate media coverage of education policy tends to hew closely to the "reform" agenda: promoting charter schools and vouchers, embracing relentless testing and other "accountability" measures, and attacking teachers' unions for standing in the way of progress.
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Monday, September 12, 2011
CNN Throws a Tea Party
Tonight's Republican debate might look familiar, with a well-known journalist posing questions to a stage full of candidates. But CNN 's event is actually a co-production of sorts with the far-right Tea Party Express, raising serious questions about a journalistic outlet's decision to formally partner with a controversial political group. As CNN explained the relationship ( 9/8/11 ):
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Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Bill Moyers Is Back: A Return to Public Broadcasting--But Not to PBS
According to a report in the New York Times ( 8/22/11 ), public television icon Bill Moyers will be back on the public airwaves next year--but not on PBS .
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Thursday, August 18, 2011
Libyan Deaths, Media Silence
Allegations of Libyan civilian deaths as a result of NATO bombing have often been covered in the corporate media as an opportunity to scoff at the Gadhafi regime's unconvincing propaganda ( FAIR Blog , 6/9/11 ). But dramatic new allegations that dozens of civilians were killed in Majer after NATO airstrikes on August 8 have been met with near-total media silence.
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Tuesday, August 02, 2011
David Gregory's Social Security Nonsense
Corporate media coverage of budget deficits and debt often turns to blaming Social Security and Medicare for being the real problem. NBC 's Meet the Press host David Gregory is especially fond of passing off such misleading claims as facts.
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Monday, July 25, 2011
Seeing 'Islamic Terror' in Norway
Right-wing terror suspect Anders Behring Breivik reportedly killed 76 people in Norway on Friday, by all accounts driven by far-right anti-immigrant politics and fervent Islamophobia. But many early media accounts assumed that the perpetrator of the attacks was Muslim.
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Tuesday, July 12, 2011
News Corp's Hack Shows a Double Standard
The explosive allegations about widespread illegal voicemail hacking by British tabloids owned by Rupert Murdoch are getting very little coverage on Murdoch's Fox News Channel ( TVNewser , 7/12/11 ). But Fox 's top host took a very different view when a Republican politician's email account was hacked, calling for the prosecution of the website that published the emails.
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Tuesday, June 28, 2011
CBS Skips Bachmann Factcheck
CBS Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer seemed well-prepared for his June 26 interview with Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann. But he didn't go nearly far enough in challenging Bachmann's misinformation.
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Thursday, June 23, 2011
Defining 'Withdrawal' From Afghanistan
Barack Obama's June 22 announcement of a phased troop withdrawal from Afghanistan was often portrayed as a major step towards ending the war, with many outlets neglecting to accurately explain the pace of escalation that has happened under his watch.
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Friday, June 10, 2011
The People Vs. Paul Ryan
The budget debate in Washington is heating up right now. But the media debate is still way too narrow. According to the New York Times (6/8/11), the slow pace of the economic recovery is "giving rise to calls especially from liberals to limit the size of immediate spending cuts or even to provide an additional fiscal stimulus."
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