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Facts Forum. Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 10, November 1955 - File 055. 1955-11. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. October 28, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1352973/item/629/show/614.

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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 10, November 1955
Alternate Title Facts Forum News, Vol. IV, No. 10, November 1955
Series Title Facts Forum News
Creator
  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date November 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 OUR 1 PARTY... WHICH PARTY... PRESS I eee ts Forum panelists including mithor-editor Italpli dc Toledano ees Km'- panelist, split on which part; rule- the country's news outlets. Ralph de Toledano Ai i i sations of former Presidenl II.ut\ S. Truman eunl Dr. Roberl Hutchins of the Ford Foundation thai the press nl the countr) is a one-party, pro-Republican, anti-liberal press, mel disagreement from guest panelist Ralph ele' dole'. dano, National Reports editor ol Newsweek, and author of the novel, "lleiy of Reckoning," eis well ees hum regular panelist William Buckley, Jr., author and lecturer, who agreed theii our press i- ei one-party press, but labeled it anti-conservative, eiml pro-liberal. Regular panelists George Hamilton Combs, noted author and lecturer, former congressman. Democrat of Missouri, ana Professor Charles Hodges, former foreign correspondent eunl prole--'.! ni international politics eil Ne**. York I niversity, took the opporing view, although Professor Hodges qualified his opinion with the statement thai in speaking ol the press, radio eunl television cannol be omitted, eunl thai the impact there is basically liberal. "Commentators both on radio eunl TV, et- liberals, predominate," he -eiid. "There's no question aboul that." Professor Hodges eilso distinguished between the views of newspaper management and those of the writers. "So fen ;is the proprietorship goes,' he opined, "il leans in the direction of conservatism. Sn far ets the new- reporting, ;is news goes ... I think il's in the columnists, the commentators, particularl) bringing in radio and TV, that's where vmi gel vour slant." ll may he noted that George Hamilton Combs is ei self-styled liberal, while Professor Charles Hodges terms himseli ei "middle-of-the-roader." William Buckley, Jr.. is considered ei right-wing conservative, .1- is also Ralph de- Toledano, while' acknowledging lhat ten years eign In- wei- ei libcred and a member of A.I).A. JEFFERSON CITED "1 ihink.*' Professor Hodges slated. ''then ibis is the standard complaint of lhe Democrats or their predecessors. This new hoetk on freedom ul the' press by William I,. Chenery i- exceedingly interesting mi ibis problem, lb- says thai Jefferson was lhe firsl of a long line I" seiv lhal loo many newspapers favored the conservatives. He wrote ;i letter tn ee Mr. Short in 1804 i 'The mass of anti-civieism which remains in mir great trading towns; though not one twenty-fifth of the nation, they command three-quarters of the public papers. 1 am lhe single object ol their accumulated hatred'." Civicism was interpreted as the "Jeffersonian idea for good citizenship," or "civility in the old-fashioned town." "Now I ihink you've gol I" recognize," continued Professor Hodges, "that the newspapers lean toward the conservative end e.f lhe I Ii i 11 v. eiml iheil il doesn'l ten fnr lhe writers . . . thev veer In the lift of the while line. That's how vou gel some collisions." George Hamilton Combs felt that there wees nn argument aboul lhe facl lhal wc have a one party press. "As I recall the lasl survey of Ediior and Publisher, the trade organ." he said, "about 85 per cenl of the papers of the country are Republican. A larger percentage a- I recall, supported President Eisenhower. And many of our communities have only one newspaper in them and that newspaper is Republican. That's natural. "It's quite true Mr. Jefferson adum- brated thai when he suggested thai the conservatives, who had the money, were naturally opposed to him. I he con. servatives weutl to conserve' their money. Thev naturally go into such activities as newspaper publishing All in all, it's natural theit money should gravitate towards the preservation of the privileges of money. Therefore, you have an outrageously one-sided press which, ma) I say, is true even regardless of the personal proclivities of the news writers. A news wtiler doesn'l determine what gets iulii lhe' paper. The editor does, and ihe editor i- hired bj the publisher eunl the publisher spends most of his time eil the country club gelling bis economic and political ideas from the other members of his [social set]." NEWSPAPERS FAVORED EISENHOWER OVER STEVENSON "ll is quite true." objected Buckley, "that 85 per cent of the newspapers in 1952 had aboul the same good sense ei- ei majority of the people in preferring Eisenhower to Adlai Stevenson. We don'l from this, or shouldn't, conclude lhal we have a one-party press. 1 woulel think then ei highly more relevanl index FACTS FORI M NEWS, So ,,'a 1955
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