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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 4, April 1955
Series Title Facts Forum News
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  • Facts Forum
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  • Evans, Medford
Publisher Facts Forum
Date April 1955
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
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  • Dallas, Texas
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  • 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 0< the ,,1.7' reporter actually writes a straight story. I ihink there have been instances in which thi- does not occur. Mr. Buckley posed an interesting question a moment ago. Hi' said lhat he confined his reading largely to the newspapers in New York. There' heip- I'ciis tee he- enilv one' Democratic newspaper in New York. The others tin' Herald-Tribune, which is of course the organ of the financial community of Wall Street, is solidly Republican; the Sew York Times, which is a citadel of conservative respectability and jusl the Veui York Post, which manages lo flaunt it- own banner rather gallantly, I Would say, aueiinst lhe concert of these' others. BURT: Let's take a case from last year that was more widely reported than prob- °bly anything else — the case of the McCarthy hearings; the issue of McCarthy himself. Mr. Lewis, do you think that the report- "ig was objective? Lewis: I think it was about as had as anything I have ever seen. I attended lines,, hearings; I covered litem personally. Then I read ihe press associa' 'ion reports; I read the Washington Post lhe next morning, and you'd hi' -in- Prised hill I wasn'l there at eill! The Jl'iii" lhat was reported the' nexl morn- '"g hail no resemblance whatsoever in >»ha| Went ee|| Iii i ki El : Tel like- in comment upon ""iff Hamilton Combs running in the fescue .ef th,' New York Times Combs: I don'l really believe il really feeds mv support. Buckley: i th. bul it's going to after 1 in tin I doubt that! he notion that the Neiv a citadel ol triumphant "pnservatism in this countr) is one of '"' greal illusions of our time, 'ihe .\eie '"'/. limes i- composed thai is to say, *0se columns of the Vea York Times !';|l arc written b) people who touch "" controversial issues b) a pack of ''''''I'-. These are people who turn like '"'"'leieel madmen een anybod) «ho has '' good ee.enl iii sa) for McCarthy—on ?"ybody win, insists thai we are not in '"'' li\ ing in a reign of terror. These '"'' 'he people who are responsible for ' "' intellectual .sellout of Chiang Kai- * lek nl (ihina through the hook ri'\ iew action. 'I hese are the' people w ho are '"'iniiLisi tin' mosl sen a,,,, in journalistic '."■'les iii th,' world, and the fact lhal le) ha through! •■'iMiis: I Ih. Bucklei : '"'/. Times i- ■•ave em antique, '."'"'at is no reason whatever win wc "'"'"Id absolve Ihei Combs: Thai'- ..ne of thi """!-'- I've heard of in nn lil. rather decorative vhatever wh from these funniest really! BURT; Professor Hodges, do you agree "l,h Mr. Buckley? . Hodces: N,,. because Mr, Buckley's ?rensics eiic eelwens on the extreme 8"', and I don'l think we're getting '"' objective judgment hen' al all. I do believe, in deference lei Mr. Lewis, thai Id rather have three wire services reporting a story, saying the thing their way. Obviously there is color. I think that vou were talking aboul something which is unrealistic because everybody is reporting from lhe little' sector of whal they see', including vou. Mr. Lewis, and lhal is one of lhe reasons 1 listen to you, and I know whal vou represent LEWISi Anil if the Professor wants to talk in degrees yes, I would agree with him thai I would prefer lo take lhe three press associations, boil them together, and gel the answer out of them. We have dissected lhe .Xetr ) ml. Times and the' Xete )',,,-/,■ l',,si. T.< t me' contribute, if you please, the Washington Post, which is perhaps the mosl important of them all because tin-, insular as governmenl is concerned, is the newspaper that all of the' people who make decisions and opinions in governmenl read for the information thai they have during their workday. This is ail they have noes thai lhe Post has bought out thc Times-Herald. Mtci that consolidation look place I made il my business lo make a scientific study of the Iron! page, lln- main stories, on ihe // ashington Post, and six and a half oul of lhe eight lop heads em thai newspaper over a period of the firsl si\ months were written In trained seals, nol hy press associations. This tends in build your poinl lhat the press el-se.e ieil ions— Covins: ion mean these reporters are staff men on the paper? Lewis: I mean trained seeds! BURT: Mr. Lewis and Mr. Buckley have said that stories written last year on the McCarthy issue were highly distorted. Mr. Combs, is it your opinion that they were not distorted? Combs: I would like' to sav ihis: Iii complete honest] I think some' of the stories were badly out of balance; I agree with that. I!nt I also suggest thai each person who followed that on television -ene what he- wanted lo sec. and each person emerged with an entirely different conclusion excepl for the independents who unanimously decided againsl Joe. Lewis: Unfortunately, however, it s impossible for you lo see' a sentence wilh "no" left out of ii. It's impossible to completely distort and to reverse the meaning of a sentence eiml say, "ihis is a poinl of view. Now. George Combs, hear thi-. Com ns: Oh. no. no. I don't for one moment, and I saw some' biased reporting. I edsee saw some extraordinarily biased reporting on the pro-McCarthy side. Buckley : Where? Lewis: I would like to know where. Combs: I am not picking lights with newspapers. I did nol gel Ihis old this fasl as the result of fighting newspapers. Hick 1.1:7 : Or 1 ionmiunisls. Pacts I'd I! I'M NEWS, April, 1955 BURT: Are news stories deliberately slanted to fit a newspaper's editorial policy? Lewis: In the ins.' of the // ashington Post, which I have just mentioned, then isn't lhe slightest question in lhe world aboul llieil fact. And they an slanted not by orders from lhe edilorial department alone, they an' slanted hv lhe mental atmosphere, the' mental climate of lhe individual who is hired on tee the staff in the beginning. Bucklei i I'd like to pay Mr. Combs ei compliment very sincerely. Mr. Combs doesn't realize lln- extent in which In and people' of his thinking nm this country. The victory that has been won hy Mr. Combs ami by the liberals in this country has been so complete lhal people' who want a genuine difference of opinion between lhe Republican party and the Democratic party arc simply laughed off as extreme right-wingers. Hodges: Mr. Lewis. | ihink it's very important that you emphasized lhal when there weis no news competition in \\ ashington you gol one poinl of view. We don I care what the poinl of view is for the moment, hui lhat- important. Levi is: With that I agree. Ii would be just as hud il ii were' monopolized the other wa). HoDCES: 'I es, and there's another factor which 1 think wc ought to emphasize radio and TV introduce ;t greater variety. They do break down ihis "one town and one paper situation which is rather typical now eel the I oiled State's. Combs: And very dangerous. Hodces: Vnd I ihink wc should see thai as a possible corrective. Now vou disagree with me, as I understand il. because I still ihink that human beings are always going to slant. My formula is that the more news lhat moves across lhe desk lhe better off we- are—if the i-ditot ial se-tiip is on ils feet. LEWIS: I think that's fine', hui from a practical standpoint there ate' hugs in it. Number one. the man mi lhe edilorial elcsk is dependent upon the information that come' across tiled elcsk. If ei majority of the we,iking press eit lhe level of tin' press table and the committee hearing is hy and large prejudiced, then the total information freim which the editor can draw is in itself hieisi'd and slanted. Combs: That is unrealistic because he has several sources of information. Lewis: Unrealistic? I'm- been in this business for thirty years. CflMIIS: Well. Fulton, see have 1. Lewis: Did you ever sii on an editorial desk'.-' I have'. Covins: I've' not -at ten an edit..rial desk, hut I've w I'iltcn a leel eef I'eepv feel lhal editorial elcsk. Mr. Lew is. LEVI is: So have 1. I aivins: The average editor is nol a dunce. He isn't blindfolded. Ih' heis a number of sources of information, nol only his own representatives. Therefore. (Continued on Page III Pane 211
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