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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Monday, June 22, 2009
Tell ABC: Include Single-Payer in Healthcare Debate
ABC News is preparing for a day of in-depth of coverage on President Barack Obama's healthcare proposal on June 24, broadcasting from the White House and including an interview with Obama on Good Morning America and an hour-long Primetime "town hall" discussion featuring Obama and questions from audience members.
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Tuesday, June 02, 2009
Misquoting Sotomayor: Media Let Right-Wing Critics Frame Debate
At this point, the confirmation battle over Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor will hinge in part on whether the media want to fact-check her critics. So far, the press is largely failing.
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Newswire article
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Hearing From Sheriff Arpaio, Not Those He Targets
With immigration reform once again on the national agenda, cable news audiences can expect to hear more from Joe Arpaio--the Arizona sheriff who has recently come under federal investigation for using racial profiling in raids targeting undocumented immigrants. Yet as a new report published by the national media watch group FAIR shows, if the past year of coverage is any indication, they will be hard pressed to find the perspectives of the people targeted by the controversial sheriff.
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Newswire article
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
NYT's Pentagon Propaganda: Misleading Report on Guantánamo and Terrorism
While former Vice President Dick Cheney has been front and center in the media debate over the current White House's national security policies, he's not the only one trying to challenge the White House's message. The New York Times published a front-page article ( 5/21/09 ) that bolstered the notion that former Guantánamo prisoners "return" to terrorist activity.
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Tuesday, May 12, 2009
CBS Pro-Drone Propaganda
On May 10, CBS 's 60 Minutes presented a remarkably one-sided report on unmanned Air Force drones firing missiles into Afghanistan and Iraq. Though the drones have been criticized for killing civilians in both countries, CBS viewers heard from no critics of the weapons.
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Newswire article
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Action Alert: NBC's Secret Ballot Falsehood
On April 15 , NBC 's Today show host Matt Lauer mischaracterized the Employee Free Choice Act, then turned to Wal-Mart CEO Mike Duke for further explanation of the pro-labor bill.
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Newswire article
Friday, April 10, 2009
PBS Ombud Sides with Frontline Critics
PBS ombud Michael Getler is siding with critics of a Frontline documentary that failed to examine single-payer national health insurance as a possible alternative to the U.S. healthcare system.
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Newswire article
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
Frontline Distorts Global Healthcare Options
The March 31 documentary by PBS's Frontline, Sick Around America , treated mandatory for-profit insurance coverage as the only alternative to the current U.S. healthcare system--even though the documentary was a sequel to a 2008 Frontline special, Sick Around the World ( 4/15/08 ), that examined several publicly funded healthcare models, including Taiwan's single-payer system.
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Newswire article
Friday, March 20, 2009
Tell CNBC: Hold Wall Street Accountable!
Join FAIR and leading progressive bloggers and economists in demanding that CNBC practice responsible journalism. Will you please take a few moments to sign this open letter to CNBC ? Add your name at: http://fixcnbc.com/p-fair *** Dear CNBC - "You knew what the banks were doing, and yet were touting it for months and months. The entire network was." - Jon Stewart
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Newswire article
Thursday, March 12, 2009
CNN: Single-Payer Is So '90s
In one of the few recent corporate media mentions of single-payer healthcare, CNN senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen (3/5/09) explained why healthcare "reform" is more possible now than it was under President Bill Clinton:
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