Accuracy in Media

In an exclusive interview with Accuracy in Media (AIM), former Rep. Artur Davis (AL) decried the “enormous bias that exists in the major media organs in this country.”

Davis, an early supporter of Barack Obama’s 2008 bid for the presidency and one of the national co-chairs for Obama’s 2008 campaign, spoke with AIM during its “ObamaNation: A Day of Truth” Conference held on September 21st in Washington, DC. AIM Chairman Don Irvine described the conference as “an exploration into the unvarnished truth about the media’s misreporting, the facts about President Obama’s history, his record and his qualifications to continue leading this country.”

The conference featured Rep. Davis, who discussed not only the distortion and bias found in the mainstream media, but also the fact that there are many more opportunities now to get the word out than there were 30 years ago.

The conference also featured other prominent politicians, journalists, authors, and experts who addressed the critical political and social issues that are being ignored or misreported by the mainstream media. Over the coming days and weeks, we will be posting both short interview clips, such as this one, and full-length speeches with Q&A.

Some of the other speakers included:

  • Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and the founder and head of Congress’s Media Fairness Caucus
  • Pat Caddell, former Democratic pollster turned mainstream political critic, political film consultant, “The Hope and the Change,” 2012
  • Edward Klein, former Newsweek Foreign Editor & NY Times Magazine Editor-in-Chief, author of The Amateur, the NYT bestseller about the Obama White House
  • Frank Gaffney, president, Center for Security Policy
  • Jack Cashill, investigative reporter, author of Deconstructing Obama

Accuracy in Media in the nation’s first and foremost media watchdog. It investigates complaints of media misreporting, publicizes the most serious cases and mobilizes public pressure to bring about change, while working for higher standards of reporting, editing, and a responsible approach to the news.



Comments

  • what

    Thank you for your honesty, Mr. Davis. You are a brave man.

  • JB

    Yet another example of media bias was the Dallas Morning News voter ID article by Christie Hopper that stated that a Concealed Handgun License ID could be used as a voter ID but a University ID could not. She failed to point out that to get a Concealed Handgun License you must submit original documents to prove who you are like a birth certificate, a social security, a passport etc. and the license is issued by the Highway Patrol. To get a University ID you you may or may not have to provides such original documentation and who knows who is the issuer. When I was in college our fraternity staffed and made the student ID cards for the University during registration. Obviously as a reporter she had not done her homework. Once again as Rep. Davis points out a mainstream media newspaper offers a biased viewpoint on an important politically related issue.

  • As I found out the hard way as editor of
    a college paper, you cannot give away unbiased reporting. People expect a
    Manichean good-guys-bad-guys angle to reporting as observed by no less than
    Benjamin Franklin (“Alice Addertongue,” 1732) and H. L. Mencken
    (“Newspaper Morals” 1914, and “On Journalism” 1920).
    A couple people in a position to know if there ever were any.

    What is needed is viable opposition media as I found out doing a paper in
    college on the election of 1896 as covered in The Detroit Free Press and The
    Detroit Tribune. In the media ideological competition is even more
    important than economic competition and is the real basis for the need for and
    benefit of a free press. Again, not a new observation going back to John
    Milton’s Aeropagitica or on the Freedom of Printing,” 1644.

    Fortuitously, the internet is serving to break up the ideological media monopoly
    of the last 40 years or so and bringing about the messy ideological competition
    that is a necessary foundation of the search for truth.

    Truth: the adequacy with which the
    intellect perceives the thing, as noted by St. Thomas Aquinas. What “thing”?
    Any “thing.” Be it science, philosophy, politics, religion, technology.

  • DennisKay

    The liberal media still thinks they are the only game in town. I think they are still right. Too few people have the time while others haven’t the attention span to read long pro/con articles and discern. Most of what we read in the dailies and see on TV is positive/neutral on Obama while controversial/negative about Romney. Stories about Rush L are usually bracketed with ‘far right’ or worse descriptors while those about the likes of Chris Matthews seldom contain detracting phrases. Even the choice of pictures shows some bias. And the media has the final say about what stories they choose to cover. They knowingly participate in ‘minimizing’ stories that downplay the importance of certain issues while they give broad coverage to those such as legal tax returns that mean little about the major issues of governing philosophy and attitude that control long term policies. Finally, they realize that when they help certain parties throw enough feces on the wall that a stain remains long after the mass of garbage fails to stick. So too many may vote for the devil they think they know rather than one for whom they have feelings of dis-ease.

  • Christine Holt

    I am a proud card holding Republican woman. I wanted to be for Mitt Romney
    but when I found out he still supports Murdock on his disgusting comment about
    “Rape was part of God’s plan” I WILL NOT VOTE FOR him! No Mitt….rape
    is not something that would ever become a part of God’s plan.