|Motto||The National Progressive Media Watchdog|
|Founder||Jeff Cohen, Martin A. Lee|
|Products||Extra! magazine, CounterSpin radio program|
Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR) is a media criticism organization based in New York City. The organization was founded in 1986 by Jeff Cohen and Martin A. Lee. FAIR describes itself as "the national media watch group". The organization has been described as both progressive and leaning left.
FAIR monitors the U.S. news media for "inaccuracy, bias, and censorship" and advocates for greater diversity of perspectives in news reporting. It is opposed to corporate ownership of media entities and calls for the break-up of media conglomerates. FAIR publishes Extra!, a monthly newsletter of media criticism, and also produces a weekly, half-hour radio program called CounterSpin, aired on more than 150 stations.
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."
First published in 1987, Extra!, FAIR's newsletter, features analysis of current media bias, censorship, and effects of media consolidation. Covering a variety of issues, 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. Broadcasts are syndicated nationally on more than 130 radio stations and is available in MP3 and RealAudio format on the web.
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