Extra! March 1992

    The Plot to Kill ‘JFK’

    FAIR noticed that the news outlets and journalists that attacked the film JFK the most vociferously were the ones with the longest records of error and obstruction in defense of the flawed Warren Commission inquiry.

    Survey Says: Newspapers Boost Nukes

    One of the claims of the nuclear industry is that it is subject to constant criticism from the media. But a five-month sample of clippings gathered by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission indicates that the majority of editorials, columns and news stories on nuclear power in U.S. newspapers are supportive of nuclear power. Extra! conducted a survey of the NRC’s clippings from February to June 1991 in conjunction with Don’t Waste U.S., a D.C.-based group opposed to nuclear waste that regularly monitors the NRC’s documents. “I see an onslaught from points all over the country pushing nuclear power,” says Carol Oldershaw, …

    Off-Base in the Philippines

    In covering the vote by the Philippines senate to close the U.S. naval base at Subic Bay, major U.S. newspapers contrasted the clamor of “anti-American nationalists” with the silent majority who wanted the bases to stay. “Opinion polls show that two-thirds of [Filipinos] prefer that Subic Bay remain,” wrote the Chicago Tribune‘s Uli Schmetzer (9/10/91). “Polls…show upwards of 65 percent of Filipinos in favor of keeping the U.S. military presence in the country,” according to the Washington Post‘s William Branigin (9/18/91). “Opinion polls suggest overwhelming public support for the treaty,” reported the New York Times‘ Philip Shenon (9/18/91). The only …

    The Nuclear Industry’s Secret PR Strategy

    One reason so many news articles and opinion pieces support nuclear technology is the massive public relations effort backed by both the nuclear industry, and state and local governments. One example of how the nuclear industry engineers media support was disclosed in November l991, when the Safe Energy Communication Council obtained a plan for a $9 million public relations and advertising campaign designed to “neutralize” opposition to the nation’s first high-level nuclear waste dump, which is to be built at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, l00 miles northwest of Las Vegas. “The plan was released to us by a disgruntled utility executive …

    Buchanan and Duke

    Patrick Buchanan and David Duke today find themselves in the same place–using nearly identical issues and rhetoric to challenge George Bush from the right. But they took different paths to get to this point: Duke rose to prominence through the use of KKK robes; Buchanan rode a more conventional vehicle: television. Although Duke recently received soft treatment on national TV (see Extra!, 1-2/92), he’s still considered outside the mainstream by the political press corps. By contrast, Buchanan is one of the boys. Among TV pundits, he’s been the leader of the packthe only one to appear on national TV seven …

Articles in the print edition

CNN Special Assignment, Washington Post, NPR and Jewish Telegraphic

Media Circus at the Palm Beach Rape Trial

Battle of Two Toms: Brokaw vs. Harkin in TV Debate

Survey Says: Newspapers Boost Nukes

20/20: Shortsighted on Food Irradiation

Spanish Language Media: Selling Washington’s Vision At Home and Abroad

Backing the Backlash: How the Press Promoted Media Myths About Women

“Women Are Good News”