Subject FAIR MEDIA STUDY Written 611 pm Jan 20, 1991 by mideastdesk in Fo

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Subject: FAIR MEDIA STUDY ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Written 6:11 pm Jan 20, 1991 by mideastdesk in For Immediate Release -- Jan. 16, 1991 Contact: Jeff Cohen (acct: fair) FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting) Media Survey Results SURVEY SHOWS ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT MARGINALIZED BY NETWORKS A new FAIR survey shows that nightly network news programs largely ignored public efforts to oppose the Bush administration's military policies in the Persian Gulf. FAIR examined five months of TV coverage of the Gulf crisis, from the first commitment of U.S. troops on August 8, 1990, until Jan. 3, 1991. Of a total 2855 minutes devoted to the Gulf crisis-- nearly two full days of coverage--only 29 minutes, roughly one percent, dealt with popular opposition to the U.S. military build-up in the Gulf. FAIR executive director Jeff Cohen commented (Jan. 16): "Now that a war is actually starting, the networks are finally noticing the anti-war movement, but the coverage is often no more than a blur of street action -- from mass marches to the flag-burnings of the fringe. Missing from the news are coherent statements from national peace leaders explaining their positions." Cohen continued: "The debate going on in the country is much broader than the one in Congress. Polls show the public supports a Mideast peace conference or a compromise of the Iraq/Kuwait border dispute as ways of resolving the crisis -- positions not featured on TV networks fixated on official Washington. The full spectrum of thought about the war deserves coverage." FAIR's five-month survey counted all stories about protests, peace organizations, conscientious objectors, religious dissenters and anti-war veterans, as well as comments by the President and others about the anti-war movement. None of the foreign policy experts associated with the peace movement -- such as Edward Said, Noam Chomsky or the scholars at the Institute for Policy Studies -- appeared on any nightly network news program during the period scrutinized. While stories on Jesse Jackson's trip to Iraq were counted as anti-war coverage, none of these stories included any quotes from Jackson. The survey found that ABC devoted 7 minutes (.7 percent of its total Gulf coverage) and CBS devoted 8.3 minutes (.8 percent) to public opposition to the Gulf policy. NBC's 13.3 minutes of coverage amounted to 1.5 percent of total Gulf coverage. FAIR has previously released in-depth studies of Nightline and MacNeil/Lehrer, documenting a narrow, pro-establishment guest list. FAIR's recent analysis of the experts featured by Nightline and the NewsHour in the first month of the crisis showed that both programs relied on current and former government officials and largely excluded any questioning of U.S. military intervention. End of text from Source: PeaceNet via The NY Transfer 718-448-2358 & 718-448-2683 --- [ This file has travelled through the Socialism OnLine! BBS at +1-719-392-7781, 24 hours, 300-9600 bps HST/MNP/V42bis, on its way to you, the reader of this file. Please share any information you have about "big brother." Venceremos! ]


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