Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting

b. 1986, New York, NY

Media watch nonprofit organization

Founded by former journalist and civil rights lawyer Jeff Cohen, media watch group Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting has set the standard for media criticism based on democratic values rather than on partisan positions. Tracking media practices that marginalize women, people of color, and voices of dissent, FAIR critiques media bias, inaccuracies, and omissions—and mobilizes a community of activists to hold media outlets accountable. The group’s teaching tools include its widely-distributed action alerts, its magazine Extra!, and the syndicated radio program Counterspin, hosted by Janine Jackson, Steve Rendall, and Peter Hart. FAIR has taught a generation of progressive activists to become media critics, to respond to misleading reporting with reasoned critiques, and to work for public interest media policies. Prominent activists who have worked at FAIR include broadcaster Laura Flanders, media critic Norman Solomon, and feminist media activist Jennifer Pozner.

The media's job is to interest the public in the public interest. -John Dewey