Magazine article Insight on the News

A Letter from the Editor

Magazine article Insight on the News

A Letter from the Editor

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Dear Readers,

It has been amusing to watch the dander fly as a result of Shakedown! Exposing the Real Jesse Jackson, a new book about the controversial reverend. INSIGHT senior writer Kenneth R. Timmerman is the author of that book and, from the likes of Bill Press on CNN's Crossfire and Alan Colmes on Fox News, one would have thought that Timmerman had defiled the first black pope.

What brings this to mind is something a young free-lance newsman in New York said about research he was doing on how the press was playing a story broken by Intelligence Online, a well-respected French-based Internet outlet. It was about an alleged spy ring in the United States involving "Israeli art students." The equally respected Le Monde newspaper in Paris followed up, as did the Associated Press and some big dailies in the United States. But there were interesting differences in reporting style -- and, as it were, in the spin.

When it comes to Jackson, who no doubt is a polarizing figure on the American scene, there is a tendency by some to speak only praise and from the same script. …

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