Jul
01
1995

Has Germany Confronted Its Past? Or Is the New York Times Ignoring Its Present?

Abstract

On May 1, a week before the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe, the New York Times ran a front-page article by Stephen Kinzer under the headline, "Germans More Willing to Confront Nazi Crimes." Referring to "a month of observances at former Nazi concentration camps" in the lead of his 28-paragraph story, Kinzer claimed that "ordinary people" and "senior political leaders" have entered "a new phase in Germany's psychological history. No longer interested in repressing, denying or moderating the truth about Nazism, many Germans are for the first time confronting it directly without flinching." According […]

Jul
01
1995

Limbaughesque Science

'Eco-Realism' Vs. Eco-Reality

"Earth Day alarmists had it wrong," proclaimed conservative columnist Joseph Perkins of the San Diego Union in a pre-Earth Day commentary (5/1/95). Drawing on a New Yorker article (3/10/95) written by veteran Newsweek writer Gregg Easterbrook, Perkins takes to task liberals and "greenies" for "grossly overstating the prospects of global warming, the threat of species extinction and the health risk of pesticides." "We have heard similar alarmist rhetoric on Earth Day," wrote Perkins, a one-time aide to Dan Quayle. "The warnings of environmental calamity should be greeted with skepticism." Perkins is hardly alone in his use of Easterbrook's work to […]

Jul
01
1995

Liddy's Lethal Advice

Red Meat for Republican Voters?

The outrage over the remarks by syndicated radio talkshow host G. Gordon Liddy regarding the best way to kill BATF agents ("head shots" and the rest) overlooks an important point of the timing of those remarks--in the late summer and fall of 1994. In an election year where Republicans smelled political blood in the water, it was vital to encourage a massive voter turnout for their side. Tapping in to rising voter anger with government would be a key to victory, and few things made some in the public angrier than the debacle at Waco. Liddy places the blame for […]

Jul
01
1995

Talk Radio on Oklahoma City:

Don't Look at Us

"Talk radio was ahead of the pack because it's tied into the people," Michael Harrison of the National Association of Radio Talk Show Hosts (NARTSH) told John Tierney of the New York Times (4/30/95). "The mainstream press is out of touch.... That's why it didn't see the Waco connection right away." According to Harrison, who edits the talk radio publication Talkers, while mainstream media were blaming the deaths in Oklahoma City on Arab terrorists, nearly as many talk radio callers were citing the Branch Davidian debacle as the probable motivation for the bombing. As evidence for this claim, Tierney cited […]

Jul
01
1995

The Oklahoma City Bombing

The Jihad That Wasn't

Seldom have so many been so wrong—so quickly. In the wake of the explosion that destroyed the Murrah Federal Office Building, the media rushed—almost en masse—to the assumption that the bombing was the work of Muslim extremists. "The betting here is on Middle East terrorists," declared CBS News' Jim Stewart just hours after the blast (4/19/95). "The fact that it was such a powerful bomb in Oklahoma City immediately drew investigators to consider deadly parallels that all have roots in the Middle East," ABC's John McWethy proclaimed the same day. "It has every single earmark of the Islamic car-bombers of […]

Jul
01
1995

The Spotlight's Influence Grows in the Dark

Abstract

Abstract Researchers who monitor hate propaganda have watched The Spotlight expandits emphasis from stories about Zionist banking conspiracies and the "myth"of the Holocaust to favorable coverage of the militias and neo-Nazi groupslike the Aryan Nation. "The Spotlight fosters and promotes and reflects themilitia's worldview," says one researcher of contemporary fascistmovements. The Spotlight is "a bridge between the racialist right and theparamilitary right and the far right in Congress." [ Next | Previous | July '95 | FAIR | Mail/Suggest | Index ] Extra! July/August 1995

Jul
01
1995

Homophobia, Racism and Sexism?

The Connections Are Clear to Far Right

After the Oklahoma City bombing, the New York Times (4/24/95) reported surprise at the existence of right-wing terror-gangs: "New Images of Terror... A suspect, a white drifter, evokes new fear." But right-wing terror is hardly surprising to those who’ve been on the receiving end of it over the years; nor would the pale image of the suspect have been "new" to mainstream readers if media had been doing their job covering hate crimes. There were 2,064 homophobia-motivated acts of violence in nine U.S. cities last year; according to New York’s Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project, anti-gay hate crimes are the […]

Jul
01
1995

TV Lets Corporations Pull Green Wool Over Viewers' Eyes

"How come the cars on television commercials can't seem to find the road?" my Aunt Sue asked me a couple of years ago. Indeed, TV cars and trucks are found splashing through creeks, climbing rocky slopes, parked in wetlands, invading deserts and even perched on needlelike pinnacles, but rarely are they shown actually driving down a road. Chevrolet took this so far a few years ago that one of its print ads, with the title "Wetlands Conservation," proudly proclaimed, "Chevy S-10 Blazer 4-Door. It takes to wetlands like a duck to water." TV watchers everywhere must be similarly confused with […]