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AIM Says Media Play a Halloween Trick: Bias Affects Senate Vote for U.N. Sea Treaty

WASHINGTON, October 31, 2007 — Speaking on Halloween, Accuracy in Media editor Cliff Kincaid said that the 17-4 vote in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in favor of the U.N.’s Law of the Sea Treaty may come back to haunt those Senators voting for it.  “When the American people learn more about the treaty, they oppose it,” Kincaid said.  “By cutting through media bias in favor of the pact, opposition will only grow. We renew our commitment to challenge popular media misperceptions about the treaty and give the people ? and their Senators ? the information they need to make an informed decision.”

The AIM editor noted that Senator David Vitter had said in a press release today that the U.N.’s Law of the Sea Treaty “has not received the national attention it deserves.”  Kincaid said Vitter was speaking an essential truth and that the national attention the treaty deserves must come not only from the Senate but from the new media, including conservative personalities on talk radio and cable news.  Vitter, who voted against the treaty, did his homework, researching the pact and grilling witnesses about its controversial provisions.

Vitter commented in his news release that, “We need to more thoroughly examine this treaty, not speedily rush it to a vote on the Senate floor.”  Kincaid said the same advice applies to the media.  “We need more scrutiny of this treaty,” he said.  “It’s time for honest and objective coverage.”  Today’s pro-treaty editorials in both the New York Times and the Washington Post stand as concrete examples of media bias on the topic, he said.  You can read Kincaid’s column on the subject, “Big Media Demand Passage of U.N. Treaty,” at www.aim.org [1].

Accuracy in Media is a citizens’ media watchdog organization whose mission is to promote fairness, balance, and accuracy in news reporting.  Founded in 1969, AIM is the oldest non-profit press watchdog group in America.  For more information, please visit www.aim.org.

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