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Coloring the News: How Political Correctness Has Corrupted American Journalism Paperback – May 1, 2003
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Although Coloring the News was published in 2001, author William McGowan shows how Blair, far from being the fluke he has been portrayed as by the mainstream media, was inevitable. McGowan chronicles how - following the lead of New York Times publisher, Arthur Sulzberger Jr. - major mainstream, daily newspapers, and TV news operations all over America, gave up on telling the truth as the goal of the news business. And he names names.
Sulzberger & Co. replaced truth with "diversity" (radicalized affirmative action aka multiculturalism aka political correctness), which involves not only hiring as reporters and editors black and Hispanic (also gay and feminist) applicants with inferior qualifications, but also imposing the multicultural/pc "script" on the reporting of events, which means that often there is no reporting at all, or only fraudulent reporting, in which certain parties are quoted and certain research cited, no matter how dishonest the former and no matter how discredited the latter is.
McGowan demonstrates how many media organizations, particularly the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, ABC News, CBS News and NPR, have botched story after story after story. He does his best work skewering the New York Times, which over the past ten years, has become a self-caricature of a great metropolitan daily. I know what a good job McGowan does on the Times, because I've covered many of the stories he discusses, and have caught the Times misrepresenting many stories he doesn't discuss.
The author argues that in seeking to be cheerleaders for certain groups, the media have hurt them, by suppressing unpleasant truths which must be faced, in order to help the groups.Read more ›
McGowan's title may be a bit misleading, and potentially a bit controversial, if only for the "coloring" part of the title. McGowan does not single out media coverage of African-Americans, showing that the media also shape their coverage to not offend gays, lesbians and, more recently, Arab-Americans. Instances of these include coverage of gay adoption and racial profiling.
This book is not an easy read. The paperback version is only 250-odd pages, but the text is small and there are few breaks in chapters. I was having difficulty reading it until I got towards the last 100 pages, when the stuff that McGowan documents just becomes so jaw-dropping that one can't believe it is actually true. This includes a Vermont newspaper story that got a writer fired without the normal process of disputing the charges taking place because of a small backlash from an agitator in the community.Read more ›
Of particular interest to me was the topic of women in the military. I am female, but I think it's shameful that the opinions of veterans were suppressed because they were not on the politically correct side of the issue. Would we even be able to HAVE these debates, if not for them?
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Excellent review of the obvious and the not so obviousPublished on July 22, 2014 by Bruce A Everett
This book is jam packed with information. This book should be required reading for every college student.Published on November 5, 2008 by Deborah Larcom
Though this book condemns mainstream American journalism for its overwhelmingly superficial and one-sided reporting on crucial current social issues -- immigration, "diversity,"... Read morePublished on April 5, 2007 by Reader
This book, winner of a prestigious journalism award, details how the American mainstream media have covered such issues as race, gay, feminist, immigration, terrorism, etc. Read morePublished on March 21, 2007 by bookloversfriend
Similar to other books that followed it, such as "Bias" and "Arrogance" by Bernard Goldberg and "Journalistic Fraud" by Bob Kohn . . . Read morePublished on December 8, 2003 by DANEEN PETERSON
For some time, most of us knew, or at least suspected, that the newsrooms were heavily biased towards a liberal ideology. Read morePublished on November 20, 2003