Accuracy in Media

The far-left Nation magazine has been trying to drum up subscriptions with a letter that says on the envelope, “If you trust big media, don’t open this envelope?” AIM has been criticizing the Big Media for decades so we were fascinated by this teaser. But who were the Big Media? CBS? ABC? NBC? No, all four pictures on the envelope concerned Fox News Channel. There were pictures of various Fox News personalities, including Bill O’Reilly, Neil Cavuto, and Brit Hume.

It seems that the people who run The Nation are panicked over the success of a cable news channel whose highest rated show gets 3 or 4 million viewers a night. That compares to the 28 million who watch the evening news programs of the three major networks. 

It’s ironic that The Nation should be attacking Fox News Channel and Bill O’Reilly when O’Reilly recently gave Ian Williams of The Nation an opportunity to rebut charges that he is a paid hack for the U.N. AIM had challenged Williams on his financial relationship with the U.N. while serving as the U.N. correspondent for the Nation. He gets paid by the U.N. to write articles and train them in media relations. But he won’t disclose how much money he has received for this. O’Reilly got him to acknowledge $1000 for a pamphlet and $100 or so to appear on U.N. television. But there’s much more that Williams and the U.N. won’t talk about. We had asked O’Reilly for an opportunity to appear on the show with Williams to challenge him directly. We were denied that opportunity.

But what really caught our eye were the endorsements for the magazine featured along with the fundraising letter. There was none other than West Virginia Senator Robert C. Byrd, a former member of the Ku Klux Klan. Recently, Alan Colmes of Fox News Channel asked Byrd about his involvement in the KKK. He described that chapter of his life as a “sad memory and I have apologized. I have done my best to do the right thing.”

It’s a sad commentary on the state of the left-wing in America that The Nation has to resort to scrounging up an endorsement from a former Klan member. And this is the antidote to Fox News?

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