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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.
Place
  • 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 How Accurate Is America's News? (Continued from Page 29) it is his job to evaluate and to define the issues exactly as they may emerge from this conflicting copy which comes to him through the wire services and other sources. Lewis: You sav you've written a l<-i oi copy for editorial desks, did you ever write any copy out of a congressional hearing? Did you ever cover anything in \\ ashington? Combs: No, I have covered a greal deal in Washington, 1ml for my own news commentary, which 1 do nol pretend is objective anv more than yours is objective or correct. BURT: I think we'd better make a point here about ths difference between commentators and objective reporters. Mr. Lewis is obviously a conservative commentator and he looks at things from a conservative point °f view, and Mr. Combs looks at things from Q liberal point of view. Hi i ki \.\ : Which is all right, bul this points to whal we need. We need an intellectual Pure Foods and Drugs Vcl s" thai Mr. Lewis will classify himseli "»> the conservative side and Mr. Combs "ii the libera] side. Bul what is bad i> uie pretentiousness ol the Sew York *imes. for example, on the basis of *hich you <l<> expecl thai you're getting [he full objective Btory; on the other band, vou are not. This is as bad in tellectually as a can of horsemeal which P^tends to be hamburger. I.kw is: This I agree v\ ith completely, and I think it's the crux of the whole thing. BURT: Let's take an example again to ;'°rify matters. There's TIME magazine which ,s accused by conservatives of often or too °'ten following the liberal line. Presuminee "Ot the conservatives are correct, is this duc- *° the writers on TIME magazine, or is it ""* to the publisher's policy? Combs: I elem't follow Time closel) '""ii'.'li in be eilele to express em informed opinion aboul it. I luki' it, Imw- '}'■''■ ili.it the editor or the publisher, in '''i- eeis,. that dangerous radical, Mi "'■mi Luce Bl e Mil : Here we go again! Combs: has chosen men for edi- "'i.il responsibility in whom he has ''""fill.-in ,■ and that he Ids them run *e shop. However, as an example ol precisel) ["is -en of thing the strange dearth '" the press after General MacArthur '"'t'li' ,i speech which "its replete with "j'teine \,« Dealisms in many respects, 'hey selected some penis from il. bul "' I'liss eiliniisi uniformly ignored the *ain burden nf his speech, which l;'nkU I couldn't agree uith. Nov this uets slanted reporting nf the "°rsl sent because they wouldn't come '!." ami say, us MacArthur said, then he . l<"t l believe there u.i- an) chance that "K-ia »..iil.I attack it-. He thought thai assumption was wrong. Ih' believed in immediate dismantlement uf our milium establishment, lie didn't want le> uetii until mi' got em inspection control in Nitssia. I didn't see einv of these things in the isolationist pies.-. BURT: Going back to the issue again, do you think TIME magazine slants its reporting, as many conservatives say. to the liberal side? lit cm.i:i : Oh. il lines constantly eiml eill the' lime. BURT: Who would be responsible—the publisher or the writers on the magazine? Buckley: It's nol so much conspiratorial as ii is s| taneous. ll isn't a matter nf Henry Line hauling somebod) in eiml Baying, "I k. unless vnu peddle ni\ particular line you're going to gel fired." It's jusl an understanding lhal emerges eiml that permeates the whole editorial offices nf the' Ve«' York Times ami "I Time magazine. It's also lhe fail that |.\ ami large i you can almost Let nn il I lhal if you fro onl into lhe slreel and stop lite nearest passerby, he will he ei liberal. This is lhe result "f our educational monolith working lull steam for the last twenty in thirtj Mans. So in tin- eeise nl Time magazine I elem'i ihink people run around wondering what Mr. I.ilea' thinks about this issue or that. I think they know instinctively his attitudes, his responses, his reflexes -they know lhal he doesn't like' Mel ail'llu eillll tiles, klims he llis. likes McCarthy bo much thai ils safe in distort aboul him. Hodces: I think the) are basicallj proprietorships, ami a new shop gets into a pattern ami is buill up in that pattern—1 don'l care whether it's lo the right or I,'ft. I think we're talking like children when we gel excited eiwr the righl or lhe led. It'- basic in the news situation. Hi cm i:-, : Mid I say lhal Ihis is pure hogwash. I seiv that you or I can write a I..ink toda) pointing mil. sav. some nl the consistent misstatements lhal an' being made aboul a given controversy anil send il righl lo the editorial writer of the' Sew York Times, eiml we won't see any correction nf this distortion for the next thirty or forty issue's. |'his happened in lhe case of McCarthy, for example. Lewis: I can'l talk eil.mil Time because 1 don'l even knots who the presenl editor ..I Time magazine is. I can talk aboul Time ■<* opposed In Newsweek as opposeel lo / ,S. Sews X II odd Report Combs: Thai's splendidl) objective. I Laughs.) I.tw is: Ami as far as I am concerned, there isn t any comparison as tee tin' fairness eiml objecth il\ ol then Sews & " orltl Reporl Combs: 'i ou eh.n't actuall) mean you regard / ,S. Sews & World Report ;i~ an objective magazine, do mmi ? Lew is: I de.. I consider il far more objective them either of the other two. BURT: What should be done to assure more accurate news reporting? Combs: I have a suggestion to make which probably is not entirely feasible hnl which would help. I would suggest tlieet ihe reporter seek In confine himseli In the hare- skeleton of lhe fails and lhat if there he interpretive material to insert that il he done in brackets marked "Editorial Insert." I would also suggest that we gel some papers upholding the lilee-reil side- | here Buckley eiml Lewis chuckle | anil let them at leasl in this ouniiy give us ei double organ eif opinion. We fought with our hare hands againsl ever) newspaper ami against every entrenchment of wealth on the radio, television, eiml every place else. Buckley: I can see vour scars; the) are symbolized l>v your boutonniere! The answer In more accurate news reporting is. I think, lhe same ets the answer le. see many problems we face. wVve got 1" wail until such lime as lhe public becomes indignant. The American people have become apathetic, supine, he.reel with the result thai outrage can he committed by the press or hy lhe radio or by the intellectuals. The) jusl don'l eaii'. Ask v>ur newsstand about back issues i.l tints Forum News. What they're saying . . . Z \r A? f, about FACTS FORUM nsider Facts Forum Sews imli- lilir.ir. an.l. therefo ...I < pensable . ....... would yen please have a sub rription senl to ij- from tin- tin,.- <in .. .? Thank you for your interest i.i presenting farts, pro ami con, tu the public in a clear and effective manner. Milton }). Proctor, Pre*. Westbrook Junioi I ollege. Portland, Maine It i- a pleasure tu mail my subscription for b'ai'ts Forum Vew/s. You have done much tu keep tin- American people informed nn lln- \ital issues uf the day.... Edward (.. " ren Rt. 2, Cascade, Mont. We have received our first two issues of Facts Forum Vews and find them to l» timely ami interesting. We have placed thfc periodical in our reading room, ami 1 am sure students ami facultj will find it of us.' in their studies. Raj Rowland, Librarian Vnnstrong College <>f Savannah Savannah, <■ i. KA('TS forum MOW'S. April, in:,.; Page 41
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