The county fair is where you go to eat turkey legs and funnel cakes, to ride the tilt-a-whirl and the ferris wheel, to look at the hogs and lambs and chickens and steers and see who won the blue ribbon, to see who made the best jelly or grew the biggest tomato, to collect free pens and combs and dehydrated sponges, to watch the politicians schmooze with the bankers and kiss babies, to lose your money on the ring toss and the shooting gallery, to stroll around with your baby all over the midway. Who could forget the fair?

FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting) is a left-leaning media watchdog organization that seeks to expose and end media censorship in America. They believe this censorship is occurring due to the conglomeration of American media, which they believe caters more to corporate interests than those of the working class, especially those with dissenting political viewpoints. They also have a Women’s Desk, which looks at how feminist viewpoints are covered in the media and a Racism Watch Desk, that monitors the coverage of people of color in the newsroom. In addition to gathering evidence to prove claims of political bias in the media, they are also one of the few voices talking about corporate bias in reporting.

FAIR owns two media outlets through which they dispense this information. One is the radio program Counterspin, which airs on public radio stations across the United States, and a magazine Extra. FAIR receives no corporate funding, and is maintained through grants from individuals and organizations.

Fair (?), a. [Compar. Fairer (?); superl. Fairest.] [OE. fair, fayer, fager, AS. faeger; akin to OS. & OHG. fagar, Isel. fagr, Sw. fager, Dan. faver, Goth. fagrs fit, also to E. fay, G. fugen, to fit. fegen to sweep, cleanse, and prob. also to E. fang, peace, pact, Cf. Fang, Fain, Fay to fit.]


Free from spots, specks, dirt, or imperfection; unblemished; clean; pure.

A fair white linen cloth. Book of Common Prayer.


Pleasing to the eye; handsome; beautiful.

Who can not see many a fair French city, for one fair French made. Shak.


Without a dark hue; light; clear; as, a fair skin.

The northern people large and fair-complexioned. Sir M. Hale.


Not overcast; cloudless; clear; pleasant; propitious; favorable; -- said of the sky, weather, or wind, etc.; as, a fair sky; a fair day.

You wish fair winds may waft him over. Prior.


Free from obstacles or hindrances; unobstructed; unincumbered; open; direct; -- said of a road, passage, etc.; as, a fair mark; in fair sight; a fair view.

The caliphs obtained a mighty empire, which was in a fair way to have enlarged. Sir W. Raleigh.

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Without sudden change of direction or curvature; smooth; fowing; -- said of the figure of a vessel, and of surfaces, water lines, and other lines.


Characterized by frankness, honesty, impartiality, or candor; open; upright; free from suspicion or bias; equitable; just; -- said of persons, character, or conduct; as, a fair man; fair dealing; a fair statement.

"I would call it fair play."



Pleasing; favorable; inspiring hope and confidence; -- said of words, promises, etc.

When fair words and good counsel will not prevail on us, we must be frighted into our duty. L' Estrange.


Distinct; legible; as, fair handwriting.


Free from any marked characteristic; average; middling; as, a fair specimen.

The news is very fair and good, my lord. Shak.

Fair ball. Baseball (a) A ball passing over the home base at the height called for by the batsman, and delivered by the pitcher while wholly within the lines of his position and facing the batsman. (b) A batted ball that falls inside the foul lines; -- called also a fair hit. -- Fair maid. Zool. (a) The European pilchard (Clupea pilchardus) when dried. (b) The southern scup (Stenotomus Gardeni). [Virginia] -- Fair one, a handsome woman; a beauty, -- Fair play, equitable or impartial treatment; a fair or equal chance; justice. -- From fair to middling, passable; tolerable. [Colloq.] -- The fair sex, the female sex.

Syn. -- Candid; open; frank; ingenuous; clear; honest; equitable; impartial; reasonable. See Candid.


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Fair, adv.

Clearly; openly; frankly; civilly; honestly; favorably; auspiciously; agreeably.

Fair and square, justly; honestly; equitably; impartially. [Colloq.] -- To bid fair. See under Bid. -- To speak fair, to address with courtesy and frankness. [Archaic]


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Fair, n.


Fairness, beauty.




A fair woman; a sweetheart.

I have found out a gift for my fair. Shenstone.


Good fortune; good luck.

Now fair befall thee ! Shak.

The fair, anything beautiful; women, collectively. "For slander's mark was ever yet the fair."



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Fair, v. t.


To make fair or beautiful.


Fairing the foul. Shak.

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To make smooth and flowing, as a vessel's lines.


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Fair, n. [OE. feire, OF. feire, F. foire, fr. L. fariae, pl., days of rest, holidays, festivals, akin to festus festal. See Feast.]


A gathering of buyers and sellers, assembled at a particular place with their merchandise at a stated or regular season, or by special appointment, for trade.


A festival, and sale of fancy articles. erc., usually for some charitable object; as, a Grand Army fair.


A competitive exhibition of wares, farm products, etc., not primarily for purposes of sale; as, the Mechanics' fair; an agricultural fair.

After the fair, Too late. [Colloq.]


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