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Posted: 1/12/2002 6:07:40 AM EST
[url]http://www.aim.org/publications/media_monitor/2002/01/09.html[/url] In our last commentary we told what we liked about "Bias," the book by Bernard Goldberg, the veteran CBS News correspondent who got into deep trouble in 1996 over a column he wrote for the Wall Street Journal criticizing the liberal bias of CBS News and the other networks. He miraculously managed to survive another five years at CBS News, retiring when he became eligible for a pension. Late last year he wrote another column for the Wall Street Journal on biased news reporting and followed it up with a book. We promised that in our next commentary we would tell you what Goldberg’s book describes as "The Most Important Story You Never Saw on TV" and why we differ with him. He lists a lot of stories that got heavy television coverage—the murder of Jon Benet Ramsey, O.J. Simpson’s trial, the death of Princess Diana, the Elian Gonzales case and the disappearance of Chandra Levy. These are the kind of stories that make television news. Goldberg says the biggest story that TV news hasn’t covered is "the terrible things that are happening to America’s children." It was an article that put much of the blame for rising rates of child suicides, sexual activity, venereal disease, and poor academic performance on the great increase in the number of working mothers. This, he says, has resulted in an increase in the number of day-care and latchkey kids who don’t get enough parental supervision. Goldberg overlooked the many studies showing that the increase in those terrible things is related to the violence, sex, drugs and depressing messages American children get from television, movies and their popular music. This, together with limited parental supervision associated with working mothers, is to blame. The same liberal mentality that dominates the news media also dominates the entertainment industry. This story is important, but it is not breaking news, the kind that attracts large audiences. We believe the most important breaking news story in recent times that TV news has not covered is the White House cover-up of the murder of Vincent W. Foster, deputy counsel to the President, who was killed eight years ago. A leading Republican senator said the reason they were not investigating Foster’s death is that if Foster did not kill himself, then President Clinton was somehow involved and the democratic process could not survive that. If that isn’t an important story, we don’t know what is. The U.S. Park Police told another law enforcement agency they were saddled with the investigation because of its sensitive nature. When they saw the gun in Foster’s hand they decided it was a suicide. This was later confirmed by two independent prosecutors, Robert Fiske and Ken Starr, whose agents tried to alter or conceal all the evidence pointing to murder. We have given Bob Woodward of the Washington Post irrefutable evidence that Foster was murdered. He promised to read it and respond. He didn’t return our calls so we left a message saying his failure to respond would be taken as an admission that he couldn’t refute the evidence. The Post has proof it can’t refute, but won’t report.
Link Posted: 1/12/2002 5:28:39 PM EST
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