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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 Howard Rushmore, editor of CONFIDENTIAL, formerly with the NEW YORK JOURNAL-AMERICAN, was once a member of the Communist party. In 1953 he served on the staff of the McCarthy Committee. Here he debates with Panelists William Buckley, Jr., author and magazine editor; George Hamilton Combs, network news commentator and former U.S. Congressman; and Professor Charles Hodges of New York University, former foreign correspondent. ANSWERS FOR AMERICANS HOW FREE is .ur FREE PRESS Hurt: Do newspapers anil magazines deliberately slant lln- news to fit ilie views of iln-ir publishers? Rushmore: I'd like to answer that question wilh a no, but I'm afraid I can't. I've been in this business as a working newspaperman for 26 years, and I'm sure' Professor Hodges ami myseli can remember the day when there was very little prejudice. Bul in lln- past few years there's been a great deal, unfortunately. 1 in not referring to prejudice and bias on lhe editorial page- (hell's where every publisher has a right to express it. I'm talking aboul lhe news columns — anil the news colums of the magazines, too. And particularly ditr- ing the past four years over one topic Senator Joseph R. McCarthy. 1 think there's I.ecu more Lias- ami more prejudice surrounding thi- mem than any figure of political life that I've ever covered or seen during my career. Combs: In reply lo Mr. Rushmore— fur whose opinion I have great respect — the theory lhat there's been an or- ganization, a conspiracy of misrepresentation al...nt Senator McCarthy is. of emu's,., nonsense. My point about Senator McCarthy is that he is entirely a creation of the uncritical reporters of the pre-ss. Th,. newspapermen did not realize that when he made a statement he was nol speaking literally, he was always speaking metaphorically, figuratively, and lhal there' might lee a stneill grain of truth in the \ei~t mountain of allegations which hi' made. \\ >■ Democrats, however, indicate thai there is and has been a bias on the part of the newspapers ami news magazines, because they an' 9n per cent Republican. Ami we've always had difficulty in presenting our Democratic peeint of view, ..in- philosophy ..I life. Also. I would like to say lhal I don'l believe that any one of these editors, or very few of them at least, are' consciously distorting or deforming the Page 42 new-, ll seems lo hi' natural that the news coverage, the' accent, the placing, the handling, the' selection of news will more or less conform In the economic and political views of lhe publisher and the editor. As to that we can have no complaint. After all. it is a free press. and so long as we have access lee the' public through radio and television, we're perfectly willing to let lhe news- paper owners am) publishers subscribe lo whatever little whimsies nf interpretation and choice of material they elect. (Naturally, we couldn't do anything about it anyway.) Buckley: My answer to the question is yes; bul I ihink Mr. Combs is wrong in implying lhal we're talking aboul a conspiracy. In pari it is conspiratorial, hut largely il's jusl spontaneous. That is in say, I think Mr. Rushmore is right in maintaining that in the- lei-l ten or fifteen years a profound change has taken place- in the attitude of newsmen. As evidence of this. I cite the facl lhat Mi. Sill/lunger of the New York Times, in an address he gave two or three years ago. said that the news has become so complex eis a resull of our hectic civilization, that it now becomes the eliitv nf tin- reporter nol only lo relate the facts bul lo interpret them, loo. A reporler more or less knows lhat In'- mil lo color a story a particular wax these days because he is expected in do it. To cite ;i specific instance, aboul two months ago I heard a perfectly straight TV reporting of the news. The' commentator reported a charge that Senator McCarthy hail made mil in Milwaukee, anil hi' looked up from his notes and PACTS FORUM needs typists who can furnish a test exceeding 4i5 words pel- minute. .Virility to originate material, anil good judgment needed. Shorthand not required. Address Facts Forum, Dallas 1. Texas. said, "Senator McCarthy musl he convinced lhal he has onl) to utter a lie often ei gh In make' a truth," anil wenl back In the news. I would say iii answer to your question, succinctly yes: there is systematic, deliberate interpretation ami ilisim tion of news to fit the views not exclusively of the publishers bul uf the writers themselves. Sometimes there is a great bridge between the publisher's personal views anil those of his reporters, I"1' he is not in a position always lo detect lhe llisteellieeil or i lltelpl flat ion of iht' news. Combs: The trouble is vou an- lamenting the passing of lhat highly partisan Republican press which went out wilh the passing of the celluloid collar ami lhe detachable cuff, ton en'1' objecting lo there being a certain amount nf three-dimensional reporting- Ihis. after all. is a way of discovering the truth. Hurt: Professor tlodges, eis a veteran newspaperman as well .is a professor, what is lour analysis in answer lo l'"" question? Hodgest I have fell thai ii is of tl"' utmost importance lo America to § el news. Anil I think thai we musl reCOg' nize the triiih of Mr. IIu-liniore's observation that we're living in changing times ami the heal i~ on. I think thai that's ihe important thing rather tl"1" am vast interpretations of conspire") ami so on. Certainly you cannol play dow n ■'" suppress news, even in a one-newspapel town. We must remember thai fur a • ' of America you've got the radio and in more ami mun' instances ' "' light nn tlle job. Xnw I submit ''"' slogan. "The conflict iii lhe headlines •* the truth in lhe news." This is the H'-" defense, of democracy. It's tin- difference between the free press nf tin' free worW — wilh all of ils qualifications :,IIC the' totalitarian press. FACTS FORUM NEWS, April, 1»55
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