MEDIA WATCH: Report from Eddie G. Griffin
Monday, June 23, 2008
As part of the Afrospear Media Watch team, this is what I have found, as related to Gina McCauley of Michelle Obama Watch and Media Matters.
BACKGROUND: There have been numerous complaints about mass media manipulation, the latest being attacks on Michelle Obama. The work of Gina McCauley put the networks on notice.
According to reports, “television news organizations have issued at least 10 apologies in total over on-air expressions.”
This is a significant victory for our friends and allied associated bloggers.
The Afrospear has been in the forefront of media criticism of how they portray African-American women.
We Do Not Accept FOX Channel’s apology, but rather demand the release of certain news commentators.
PLEASE COMPILE LIST of FOX news personalities that MUST GO.
Excerpts From: Wall Street Journal
News Outlets Face Increasing Scrutiny in CampaignBy SAM SCHECHNER and REBECCA DANA
June 13, 2008
For the second time this week, Fox News Channel was driven to respond to criticism over on-air statements about Barack Obama, in this case for screen text that described the Democratic presidential candidate's wife as "Obama's baby mama." The term is often applied pejoratively to unwed mothers.
Television news organizations, facing unprecedented scrutiny, have often expressed contrition for poorly chosen words during this election season.
In a campaign that includes the first viable African-American presidential candidate, the lines of appropriate speech have become fuzzy. News organizations are under pressure from a broad network of self-appointed watchdogs, including organized groups like Media Matters and individuals. These watchdogs are likely to remain vigilant about gaffes, misstatements and potentially biased language through the November vote. Just this week, Gina McCauley, a well-known blogger in Austin, Texas, started michelleobamawatch.com to track the portrayal of Mrs. Obama in the news media.
In this campaign cycle, television news organizations have issued at least 10 apologies in total over on-air expressions. On Tuesday, a Fox News anchor, E.D. Hill, said she regretted suggesting that a celebratory hand gesture between Barack and Michelle Obama might be a "terrorist fist jab." On Monday, NBC News correspondent Andrea Mitchell apologized for calling southwest Virginia "redneck country."
Quote “It had to happen: the Michelle Obama Watch”, Washington Post, Sam Schechner at firstname.lastname@example.org and Rebecca Dana at email@example.com