Extra! January/February 1992

    Friendly Fascism: National Media Give David Duke a Face-Lift

    "There's no doubt in your mind that Duke is a racist?" bellowed John McLaughlin (McLaughlin Group, 10/25/91). His question was directed at Jack Germond, the token liberal in the Group, who hedged and equivocated, unable or unwilling to state the obvious about Louisiana gubernatorial candidate David Duke. "I don't know whether in his heart he's a racist or not," Germond finally replied. "How do I know that?" The mainstream press generally doesn't like outsiders challenging the two-party political establishment, and most journalists clearly were non kindly disposed toward Duke. But news media consistently deferred to Duke when framing his candidacy, ...


    Finding Gold in Grey Hair

    The New York Times was up to a bit of demagoguery recently (11/3/91), under the headline "Why Older People Are Richer Than Other People." Reporter Iver Peterson began by presenting awell-established fact--"the notion that some Americans will be the first generation to live at a lower level than their parents"-- as a campaign slogan being used by "some Democratic candidates." Who are the lucky Americans who are living at a higher level? The answer the Times gave was not a class, nor a gender, nor a race, but an age group: The favorites of fortune are people over 65. Selected ...