WASHINGTON, December 20, 2010 Cliff Kincaid, Editor of Accuracy in Media and a veteran of more than 30 years with the organization, has announced that he is leaving that post to become Director of the AIM Center for Investigative Journalism, a project launched by AIM earlier this year. In this capacity, Kincaid will supervise special writing projects by a selected group of free-lance reporters that will focus on corruption and abuse of power in Congress and the White House. The author or co-author of more than a dozen books, including his latest, The Death of Talk Radio, Kincaid has been a frequent radio and TV guest, appearing on the CBS Evening News, NBC’s Today Show, Fox News Channel, Voice of America, The Savage Nation, and public TV and radio. His columns have been picked up by such popular Internet sites as World-Net-Daily, Glenn Beck’s The Blaze, Andrew Breitbart’s Big Journalism, GOPUSA, and News With Views.
Kincaid, who obtained and publicized Walter Cronkite’s FBI file, showing that the long-time CBS News anchorman was regarded as a useful asset by the Soviet Union, will continue writing regular columns for the AIM Report and the AIM website.
AIM chairman Don Irvine also announced that Kincaid will commence an in-depth review of journalism education, beginning with an analysis of communications courses and departments at major universities. Irvine declared, “It has become clear that the roots of liberal media rest in academia. While my father launched an AIM sister organization, Accuracy in Academia, to counter the influence of the academic left, we have come to the conclusion that journalism education needs to be specifically addressed. I look forward to Cliff taking on this challenge.”
A graduate of the University of Toledo with a B.A. in Journalism, Kincaid understands the problem from personal experience and came to AIM in 1978 right out of college. He later discovered that his journalism textbook, Interpretative Reporting, which glorified liberal advocacy reporting, was written by Marxist, journalism educator Curtis MacDougall. Kincaid obtained MacDougall’s 300-page FBI file showing his long association with a series of Communist Party front groups.
Roger Aronoff, a longtime media analyst and documentary film producer for AIM, will be Kincaid’s successor as Editor of Accuracy in Media, including both the AIM Report newsletter and AIM website. A media analyst and documentary producer, Aronoff joined AIM in 1997 and has written and directed video documentaries for AIM that include “The Clinton Legacy,” and award-winning documentaries, “TWA 800: The Search for the Truth” and “Confronting Iraq: Conflict and Hope,” both of which won top honors at WorldFest, the Houston International Film Festival.
In addition, Aronoff has produced live TV shows and news magazines for other organizations, including Judicial Watch and the Free Congress Foundation. A University of Texas graduate with a B.A. in History, Aronoff has worked as a freelance journalist in South Africa, a columnist for the Jewish Herald Voice, and as a producer of nationally syndicated radio and TV musical/variety programs.
In 2008 Aronoff produced, directed and co-wrote a documentary that aired on many PBS stations called “Fighting Words: A Tale of How Liberals Created NeoConservatism,” which won the top prize at WorldFest in the category of Political / International Issues, and in 2009 produced a weekly public affairs show on PBS called “Think Tank with Ben Wattenberg.”
Aronoff writes columns and hosts Take AIM, a weekly BlogTalkRadio show featuring interviews with high-profile public figures. He has appeared as a guest commentator on National Public Radio, CNN, Fox News, CNBC, Court TV, Russia Today, and CTV (Canadian TV), among others.
“AIM has led the way in using the media to take on the media, through films, talk radio and blogs, and we plan to continue and expand on that work in the future,” said Aronoff. “I am honored to assume stewardship of this important perch, where we can continue to confront the media and hold it accountable. I look forward to working with all the tools and expertise at my disposal – including my predecessor Cliff Kincaid, who will continue to regularly write columns; and from our new special contributor, former Sen. Bob Smith of New Hampshire; and the wise counsel and columns from AIM Chairman, Don Irvine.”
Accuracy in Media is the leading citizens’ media watchdog whose mission is to promote accuracy, fairness and balance in news reporting. AIM exposes politically motivated media bias, teaches consumers to think critically about their news sources, and holds the mainstream press accountable for its misreporting. For more information, please visit www.aim.org .