Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting

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Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting
Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting logo.jpg
Formation1986; 36 years ago (1986)
FounderJeff Cohen, Martin A. Lee
PurposeMedia criticism
ProductsExtra! magazine, CounterSpin radio program
Key people
Janine Jackson, Jim Naureckas

Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR) is a media critique organization based in New York City.[1] The organization was founded in 1986 by Jeff Cohen and Martin A. Lee.[2] FAIR describes itself as "the national media watch group".[2] The organization has been described as both progressive and left-leaning.[3][4][5][6]

FAIR publishes Extra!, a monthly newsletter of media criticism, and also produces a weekly podcast and radio program called CounterSpin, which is aired on more than 150 stations throughout the United States.


FAIR describes itself on its website as "the national media watch group" and defines its mission as working 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." FAIR refers to itself as a "progressive group that believes that structural reform is ultimately needed to break up the dominant media conglomerates, establish independent public broadcasting and promote strong nonprofit sources of information."[2]


First published in 1987, Extra!, FAIR's newsletter, features analysis of current media bias, censorship, and effects of media consolidation. Covering a variety of other issues as well, FAIR addresses news coverage that it finds biased with rebuttals. FAIR also produces CounterSpin, a half-hour radio program hosted by Janine Jackson, which is recorded at the FAIR office in NYC.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ Hays, Constance L. (May 19, 1996). "MAKING IT WORK;FAIR or Not?". New York Times. Retrieved 9 December 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "What's FAIR?". Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting. Retrieved 9 December 2015.
  3. ^ Goodman, Walter (June 17, 1990). "TV VIEW; Let's Be Frank About Fairness And Accuracy –". New York Times. Retrieved May 2, 2010.
  4. ^ Shepard, Alicia C. (12 April 2011). "What to Think about Think Tanks?". NPR. Retrieved 24 June 2015.
  5. ^ Callahan, David (2010). Fortunes of change : the rise of the liberal rich and the remaking of America. Hoboken, N.J.: J. Wiley & Sons, Inc. ISBN 978-0470177112.
  6. ^ Sheppard, Si (2008). The partisan press : a history of media bias in the United States. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co. ISBN 978-0786432820.

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