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, May 25, 2010
Drilling Disasters Can't Happen Here
As the United States examines the origins of the environmental catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico, one factor that should not be overlooked is media coverage that served to cover up dangers rather than expose them.
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Monday, May 17, 2010
Stop O'Reilly's Immigrant Crime Slurs
Fox News Channel host Bill O'Reilly has repeatedly singled out one reason to support Arizona's draconian new immigration law: the state's exploding crime rate. But there is no documented crime wave in Arizona, and O'Reilly's attempt to link immigrants to crime is equally unfounded. O'Reilly's record of overheated rhetoric is clear: -May 3: "Arizona had to do something. In the capital city, Phoenix, crime's out of control. For example, last year, New York City, with six times as many residents as Phoenix, had just 16,000 more reported crimes."
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Friday, April 23, 2010
Frontline Edits Out Single-Payer
Silencing supporters of single-payer, or Medicare for All, is a media staple, but PBS 's Frontline found a new way to do that on the April 13 special Obama's Deal --by selectively editing an interview with a single-payer advocate and footage of single-payer protesters to make them appear to be activists for a public option instead.
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Wednesday, March 17, 2010
CNN Scrapes Bottom of Right-Wing Barrel With Erickson Hire
Since Glenn Beck left Headline News for Fox , CNN executives apparently feel that their staff is short on unbalanced hatemongers. To make up the gap, they've just hired Erick Erickson as a political commentator.
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Thursday, March 11, 2010
NYT and the ACORN Hoax: Why Can't Paper Admit Its Mistakes?
Ignoring calls from numerous critics, the New York Times refuses to own up to mistakes in the paper's coverage of the now-famous right-wing videotapes attacking the community organizing group ACORN. Instead, the paper's public editor, Clark Hoyt, is relying on an absurd semantic justification in order to claim the paper does not need to print any corrections.
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Thursday, March 11, 2010
Action Alert: PBS Replacing Moyers, Now. . .With Newsweek's Jon Meacham?
PBS is reportedly in final talks with Newsweek editor Jon Meacham to be co-host of its forthcoming Need to Know program ( New York Times , 3/9/10 ).
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Tuesday, March 09, 2010
Meacham to PBS Would Send the Wrong Message
According to a report on the New York Times website ( 3/9/10 ), PBS is in talks with Newsweek editor Jon Meacham to be co-host of its forthcoming Need to Know program. If the report proves accurate, it gives viewers little hope for the kind of critical, uncompromising programming that public television was created to foster.
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Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Tell Cable News: No More PR Pundits
Scores of pundits appearing on cable news networks are paid corporate lobbyists and PR flaks--and the networks aren't disclosing their corporate ties. In a new report in the Nation ( 3/1/10 ), reporter Sebastian Jones writes:
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Friday, February 05, 2010
NPR Ombud: 'Critics are Right' on Zinn Obituary
NEW YORK - NPR ombud Alicia Shepard responded to the over 1,500 activists who wrote individual letters to NPR regarding the Howard Zinn obituary that aired on All Things Considered . Her response is below. Thanks to all of those on the list who wrote to NPR . http://www.npr.org/ombudsman/ 2010/02/howard_zinns_obit.html
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Friday, January 29, 2010
Action Alert: NPR Finds Right-Wing Crank to Spit on Howard Zinn's Grave
When progressive historian Howard Zinn died on January 27, NPR 's All Things Considered (1/28/10) marked his passing with something you don't often see in an obituary: a rebuttal.
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