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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 4, April 1955
Series Title Facts Forum News
Creator
  • Facts Forum
Contributor
  • Evans, Medford
Publisher Facts Forum
Date April 1955
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
Place
  • Dallas, Texas
Genre
  • journals (periodicals)
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  • Text
Identifier AP2.F146 v. 4 1955; OCLC: 1352973
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  • University of Houston Libraries
  • Facts Forum News
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Transcript Answers For Americans asks Fullon Lewis. ,)r How Accurate Is America's News? Debating this challenging question along with topflight Commentator Lewis are New York University Professor Charles Hodges, Author William Buckley, Jr., and George Hamilton Combs, noted commentator. Moderator, Hardy Burt. BURT: Does personal editorial opinion often influence the supposedly objective stories of newspaper and radio reporters? Lewis: The answer to that is what you call "editorial opinion." If you mean editorial opinion on the part of the editor, in some cases thai is line. The editorial polity of the newspaper, for example, very frequently influences the manner in which a story is written. If vou mean editorial opinion on the [.ail of the w riter yes. that enters in all the lime. We might as w.'ll. as far as I'm concerned, 'jet this off lo a straight start. Objective reporting is nonexistent, 'lhe nearest thing to objective reporting, lei - face it. is ihe Congressional Record, and lhat isn't even objective because ils within the power of the reporter lo interject applause here and there. CoMBS: I Ihink personal editorial opinion often does influence supposed!) objective new- anil radio stories as w Democrats have sadly learned inasmuch eis wi' face a preponderate^, in fact almost an exclusively, Republican press. LEWIS: Oh, that breaks mi heart! ( jimus: I see a greal mam eeiscs of it. and I should suggest, however, that the' distortion, if there' he such, lies not so much in the subjectivity of the reporting as it does in the selection of subject matter and in the decision to run certain stories and piety down or ignore others. Now I do believe that the avi reporter, eet least on a responsible newspaper, makes every effort as do. I'm Pajre 28 sine, responsible news commentators to chronicle the- fae'ls with eeimplele and scrupulous accuracy, Lewis: I question that Combs: Ih- -ecks to gel awa) from, let us say, subjectivity of utterance or from distortion or bias coming from his ee\v 11 prejudice. BUCKLEYI I conclude lhal scry often persona] editorial opinion Influences th-' supposedly objective stories of newspaper and radio reporters, particularly in New "link. I sen "particularly in New ^ ork" because I read lln' New York puss, and I don't see ihe other press very often. I think unfortunately il is a trademark primarily of the left. Thai is ie> seey. I believe lhal there is consistently more distortion in lhe papers of the left than there is in papers of lhe right. Let me give you an example in New York. Take the New York Post against the New Yuri: Daily News—the New York Daily News is a- pronouncedly on the right as the New ) orl; Post is on the left, hui the' New York Daily News docs nol tamper with the news it goes in For submitting litis INSWERS lull AMERICANS question "thai Accurate Is tlie Yens iii America?™- Mr. Curtis II. Rob- ertson oj Roanoke, I ir^tnia. won a silllO U.S. Savings Hon,!. It you lm,e „ question you would like to hear discussed on this program, send it to hints Forum. Dallas, Teats. In ,'tses oi duplication, the letter bearing the ■ ■oiliest postmark nill he used. Each week, o question deemed most provocative ee/ discus. don tr, the INSWERS FOR tMERICANS panel nill be selected. for tendentious reporting, ll doesn't try lo persuade you that tin- enemy is exclusively communistic in anything ex- cepl the editorial page itself. Thai is I" say, eill of the news stories are straight In lhe New York Post, on lhe other hand, it's a bit of nonobjectiv e anil distorted reporting from cover to cover- Even in the sports stories sometimes they manage lo get in ;[ crack ;il McCarthy, for example. Combs: That's a laudable purpose. lit CKLE1 : "t es. lhal excuses il! Hodces: I think we jusl have to accept the fact lhal news is stuff alio"1 human beings, reported by human hi" ings, and read b) human beings. And you have to be selective, there's no question about it. > on can be honest in the wa) in which you try to give a rounded slorv. i d like tee sa) one word, however, aboul the «ire services because I think they're tremendously important in ll"' whol.' picture. I do believe they try ''' give us a basis of objective reportinf! because of the nature of their clientele which jumps ,),, them. Ii wis: I think the Professor is very< very trusting when il comes to the «"'' sen ices. | watch them den- in and da) out, and I can tell him otherw ise. BURT: The nut of this is not whether H* reporting is objective from the standpoint « the reporter trying to be objective, but do* he often deliberately slant the news to •' his viewpoint? COMBS: I Ihink only on some '"'""', papers. I believe that by generalit) '''' FACTS FORUM NEWS, April, '"''' lungs pacts
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