Friday, Dec. 21, 2001
William McGowan: How Media Color the News
The mainstream media distort the news to pander racially, author William McGowan told Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly tonight.
McGowan, author of "Coloring the News: How Crusading for Diversity Has Corrupted American Journalism," said that in itself, the media's concern with "diversity" isn't a problem. "However, it's been affected by political correctness for a variety of reasons."
He had plenty of examples:
In Burlington, Vt., because of pressure from blacks, the Gannett newspaper fired a reporter merely for mentioning the fact that a race forum refused to let a white woman speak. (Imagine the outrage and universal condemnation if whites refused to let a black speak.)
In the ensuing stink, the race-obsessed Gannettoids settled out of court with the reporter, embarrassed by the focus on their absurd policies decreeing minimal negative coverage of non-whites and, like a Great White Hunter, counting and prizing the number of minority faces in newspaper photographs.
The New York Times is "very, very pro-gay in its coverage," McGowan said. "The Times sees gay rights as the next step in the civil rights movement."
O'Reilly wondered why that would be a problem. It is, McGowan countered, because the Gray Lady is "very one-sided" on homosexual issues.
For example, it painted a glorious portrait of a disgruntled homosexual who left the Marines. When other reports later revealed that he was a gay porn star, the Times defended its one-sided account and even insisted it would not have covered the man any differently.
The Times also ran a worshipful story about a black man in California who took advantage of racial quotas to get into medical school. After graduation, the doctor worked with the poor. The paper failed to follow up with the truth that he was a gross incompetent who maimed his patients.
The self-censoring liberal media's mission, McGowan concluded: "It's the world as it ought to be, not as it really is."
O'Reilly called the book "fascinating" and recommended it to his viewers.