Think Tanks in a Time of Crisis

Conservative and right-leaning think tanks continue to get more mainstream media attention than centerist and progressive groups according to a new report by Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting. "The overall percentages for the year were consistent with findings for previous years, with conservative or right-leaning think tanks garnering 48 percent of the citations, centrists receiving 36 percent and progressive or left-leaning think tanks receiving 16 percent," FAIR writes. Also available on FAIR's website is a new report "Fear and Favor 2001: How Power Shapes the News." This is FAIR's 2nd annual review of pressures faced by reporters and editors that influence what gets on the airwaves and into the papers.