It’s a new media world. No longer do the evening news programs of the three major broadcasting networks control what we know, although liberal actor George Clooney has said that he would like to return to the time when we all had the same “facts.” The liberal establishment, though still in control of Hollywood, day-time programming, such as Oprah, and major newspapers, including the New York Times and Washington Post, no longer has a monopoly on the flow of information to the public.
Conservative bloggers-derided as people wearing pajamas in front of their computers-knocked off Dan Rather after exposing his phony Bush National Guard documents. We honored some of them with the Reed Irvine Accuracy in Media Journalism Award.
Put out to pasture and disgraced, Rather has sought refuge on Mark Cuban’s high definition channel, seen in only a couple million homes.
Accuracy in Media is the organization that started the media revolution almost 40 years ago by questioning the wisdom being handed down from Walter Cronkite and the so-called mainstream media. We launched the “Can Dan” movement, taught people to be skeptical of what they see, read, and hear, and we took out stock in major media companies, going to their annual shareholder meetings to subject the top brass to a grilling about their news practices. We are independent, confronting liberal and conservative news organizations when necessary.
Unfortunately, one major college textbook can’t get the basic facts straight about our founding.
During a recent visit to Clemson University, I picked up a copy at the university bookstore of the textbook for the communications class, a book by Doris Graber titled, book “Mass Media and American Politics.” It is described as the “classic text on the mass media.” Graber has a reference in her book to Accuracy in Media, saying we were formed during the 1980s. In fact, AIM was founded in 1969.
Students pay $56.95 for this textbook.
I emailed her, asking for a correction, and haven’t heard back. Perhaps you could have more luck. She can be contacted here.