July 14th, 2008 09:57 EST
Censorship Starts With All-Powerful Drudge, So Much For A Free Press
SO MUCH FOR JOURNALISTIC INTEGRITY: Domino-Effect of Censorship Starts With All-Powerful Drudge
What I didn`t anticipate was the resistance I would get from ?conservative` Internet sites and papers, ? says Cliff Kincaid, president of America`s Survival. Inc., (ASI), in reference to his attempt to expose a blatant act of censorship orchestrated by online publisher of the Drudge Report, Matt Drudge.
It began when Drudge, a conservative-leaning media figure, refused to sell screen space on his website for a Kincaid-sponsored banner ad that called attention to Barack Obama`s ties with known communist collaborators. Kincaid then responded by attempting to run a new series of ads about the Drudge censorship incident in other media outlets.
What transpired was both shocking and revealing. First, ? offers Kincaid, a popular ?conservative` Internet news site killed a story about Drudge`s censorship of my original ads. Then, the weekly and daily editions of the Washington Times insisted that I omit any direct personal reference to Matt Drudge in my new series of ads about his Report. ?
This demonstrates there is a desire by some in the ?conservative` media not to offend Drudge, because of the power he is perceived to hold and wield, and because the Drudge Report maintains links to these sites and papers, generating traffic and profits for them. ?
Kincaid is available for interviews to discuss this topic that he deems is a slap in the face to journalistic independence and the pursuit of truth.
Drudge, who is now emerging as a key pro-Obama media voice, is dictating coverage and advertising policies by some influential ?conservative` media outlets, ? adds Kincaid. This is terribly worrisome and a clear threat to freedom of speech. ?
Cliff Kincaid serves as president of America`s Survival. Inc., (ASI), a public policy group concerned with foreign policy and U.N. issues, and as editor of the Accuracy in Media (AIM) Report. Kincaid has been an advocate on behalf of the families of victims of terrorism and has published reports and conducted conferences critical of the United Nations.
A veteran journalist and media critic, Cliff concentrated in journalism and communications at the University of Toledo, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree, and came to Washington through a national journalism program headed by conservative author and journalist M. Stanton Evans. At his college newspaper, Cliff won an award for editorial writing from the Society of Professional Journalists.
An accomplished public speaker and frequent guest on radio and television, Cliff was recently highlighted during an NBC Nightly News report by Campbell Brown as a national conservative spokesman on the subject of liberal bias in public broadcasting. He has appeared on scores of other television and radio programs, including the Fox News programs Hannity & Colmes, The O`Reilly Factor, Dayside with Linda Vester, and Your World with Neil Cavuto. Other television appearances have included MSNBC`s Scarborough Country and Connected Coast to Coast with Ron Reagan and Monica Crowley. In the 1980s, he was a guest co-host on CNN`s Crossfire (filling in for Pat Buchanan).
His comments on media controversies have recently been featured in the Washington Post, the Washington Times, the Chicago Tribune, and PR Week. His national exclusives have included stories about a National Public Radio reporter receiving $26,000 from the pro-U.N. lobby; a U.N. reporter for The Nation magazine getting money from the U.N.; a left-wing follower of Ralph Nader getting access to White House press briefings; and an editor at AARP being a former illegal drug user and staffer for High Times magazine.
Cliff served on the staff of Human Events for several years and was an editorial writer and newsletter editor for former National Security Council staffer Oliver North at his Freedom Alliance educational foundation. He has written or co-authored nine books on media and cultural affairs and foreign policy issues.
Cliff Kincaid is an investigative journalist who specializes in analyzing the effects of communist and terrorist influence on the U.S. media. He is founder and president of America`s Survival, Inc., and editor of Accuracy in Media`s AIM Report. He is the author or coauthor of nine books, including WHY YOU CAN`T TRUST THE NEWS, and was instrumental in denying access to the U.S. media market to the Islamic terrorist Al-Jazeera television channel.
Source: Special Gue