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Jeff Cohen, qui a travaillé à CNN, Fox News et MSNBC avant de fonder Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), publie ces jours-ci son livre Cable News Confidential: My Misadventures in Corporate Media. Voici un extrait de ce livre, adapté pour GregPalast.com
As war neared, MSNBC Suits turned the screws even tighter on Donahue. They decreed that if we booked one guest who was antiwar on Iraq, we needed two who were pro-war. If we booked two guests on the left, we needed three on the right. At one staff meeting, a producer proposed booking Michael Moore and was told she’d need three right-wingers for political balance.via-1 Chomsky.info
I thought about proposing Noam Chomsky as a guest, but our stage couldn’t accommodate the 23 right-wingers we would have needed for balance.
It’s says a lot about TV news that people like Phil Donahue, who correctly questioned the Iraq war, have been banished from the system. Yet I’m unaware of a single TV executive, anchor, pundit or “expert” who lost their job for getting such a huge story so totally wrong. I do know of a hawkish host on MSNBC who was taken off the air—he became the general manager of the channel.
Silenced by the Drums of War, Jeff Cohen, 3 octobre