Friday, January 14, 2011

Bias Against Public Media: The Case of Juan Williams

The controversy surrounding Juan Williams, the Fox News contributor who lost his NPR contract after a racially insensitive statement aired in late October, re-ignited a debate in the mainstream media about whether the NPR should continue to receive public funding. This debate, however, was anything but fair, and revealed once more the longstanding bias that corporate media holds against public media. This report picks apart the coverage, and critically analyzes the philosophical roots of the imbalance.

A PDF version of this report includes citations, and is available here.