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, January 26, 2010
PBS Responds to FAIR Petition Regarding Replacement Programming for Now and Bill Moyers Journal
FAIR presented a petition with more than 11,000 names to PBS on January 13, calling for worthy replacements for the exiting programs Bill Moyers Journal and Now . In all, 14,462 people signed the petition, including names added after it was delivered to PBS .
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Tuesday, December 22, 2009
The 2009 P.U.-Litzer Awards
For 17 years our colleagues Jeff Cohen and Norman Solomon have worked with FAIR to present the P.U.-Litzers, a year-end review of some of the stinkiest examples of corporate media malfeasance, spin and just plain outrageousness. Starting this year, FAIR has the somewhat dubious honor of reviewing the nominees and selecting the winners. It's a dirty job, but someone has to do it. So, without further ado, we present the 2009 P.U.-Litzers. --The Remembering Reagan Award WINNER: Joe Klein, Time
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Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Tell PBS: Don't Abandon Hard-Hitting Journalism
Bad news for PBS viewers: Now and the Bill Moyers Journal will be taken off the air in April 2010. Both programs stood out as all-too-rare examples of the hard-hitting, independent programming that should thrive on public television--which is why PBS should replace these programs with similarly thoughtful shows that continue this tradition.
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Monday, November 30, 2009
Public's Opposition to Afghan War Not Reflected in Op-Ed Debate
After months of debate and deliberation, President Barack Obama plans to announce tomorrow night yet another troop increase in Afghanistan. But according to the most recent polling, 57 percent of the public oppose the war while only 39 percent favor it ( AP /Gfk, 11/5-9/09), and only 32 percent support a "surge" ( CBS , 11/13-16/09). Where have those voices of opposition been in the media during this long debate?
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Wednesday, November 18, 2009
WaPo's New Rule of Journalism? On Healthcare: Don't Follow The Money
The Washington Post 's Shailagh Murray ( 11/17/09 ) wrote a profile of Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D.-Ark.) as one of the Democratic senators most likely to break with the rest of the party on healthcare reform. The article seemed to invert the advice Deep Throat once gave to the Post 's Woodward and Bernstein into a new rule: Don't follow the money.
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Thursday, September 24, 2009
USA Today, AP Mislead on Honduran Coup
This week, ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya returned to Tegucigalpa--though not to office. Unfortunately, press accounts are still misreporting the story behind his ouster, relying on those who supported the coup to supply the explanation for their actions. Some of the most misleading coverage has appeared in the Associated Press dispatches that have run in USA Today. The paper's September 22 edition ran this from the AP:
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Tuesday, September 22, 2009
NYT Slams Single-Payer
The New York Times devoted some rare space on September 20 to discussing single-payer (or Medicare-for-all) health reform. The result? A one-sided account of why such a system couldn't work.
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Thursday, September 03, 2009
New Study: Right Ebbs, Left Gains as Media 'Experts'
The media watch group FAIR's just-released annual think tank study shows think tank citations declining for the fourth year in a row in 2008, as newspaper column space devoted to national and international news continued to shrink. The decline was particularly notable for conservative think tanks' citations, while progressive think tanks increased in number.
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Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Doctors, Media Critics Demand Broader TV Debate on Healthcare
At 12:30 EST, the national media watch group FAIR and local healthcare advocacy groups will deliver a petition signed by over 12,000 people demanding that the TV networks include the single-payer proposal in their coverage of the national healthcare debate. The petition's signatories include Obama's longtime physician, Dr. David Scheiner; filmmaker Michael Moore; former MSNBC host Phil Donahue; actors Mike Farrell, Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon; and doctors Quentin Young, Stephanie Woolhandler and David Himmelstein of Physicians for a National Health Program.
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Thursday, July 16, 2009
Censored by ABC, Obama's Longtime Doctor Speaks Out on Healthcare
In a just-released YouTube video, the doctor who served as President Barack Obama's personal physician for 22 years blasts the TV networks for failing to inform the public about the full range of healthcare reform options. Dr. David Scheiner, who was invited to participate in ABC's June 24 forum on healthcare reform but was uninvited two days before the prime-time event, said he thinks the question he was planning to ask the president--a question about single-payer public health insurance--was "more troublesome" than ABC wanted.
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