[ASI] Can anybody tell me about Eureka College?

September 6th, 2012 at 10:17 am EDT

Dear Friend of America's Survival, Inc.:

I am just back from Pennsylvania, where I met with local Tea Party activists and debated media bias at the Penn State Berks campus.

My special thanks go to Mary Arbogast for arranging the Tea Party meeting and transporting me around town. We had a great dinner and conversation.  Mary hosts a Blog Talk Radio show I encourage you to start listening to. CLICK HERE. Mary is a citizen activist who is making a difference. She is a conservative who is not afraid to put pressure on the Republicans, including Mitt Romney, from the right. She does not fall into line as a "ditto head" for the GOP. Listen to this show, where she analyzes Mitt Romney's checkered background and flip-flops.

She opposes Obama but wants to be honest about the alternative. This is the strength of the Tea Party – conservative AND independent.

This is the story from the Reading Eagle, the biggest local newspaper, about our debate:

Debate at PSU Berks puts media in election spotlight

By Becca Y. Gregg - Reading Eagle


Two media critics took to the stage at Penn State Berks on Wednesday night to debate the media's role in the upcoming presidential election.

"The Great Election Debate" pitted Peter Hart against Cliff Kincaid on the issues of media bias and how news outlets shape the public's opinion of candidates.

Hart is activism director at Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting. Kincaid is director of the Accuracy in Media Center for Investigative Journalism and formerly was a guest co-host on CNN's "Crossfire."

"Some of the worst problems in the media are made much worse by who owns the media," Hart told those in the auditorium at the Perkins Student Center. "They have say over what gets reported and what doesn't get reported. The news is very profitable and they can stay profitable so long as it stays in certain boundaries."

Kincaid argued that media bias ultimately translates to more votes for the Democratic Party.

"When I went into journalism, I thought we were going to be taught objective journalism - who, what, where, when and how," Kincaid said. "I quickly understood that it means who, what, where, when, how and so what. They decide if it's relevant and that opens the door to their own opinion, their own bias and their own prejudice."

America, he argued, hasn't had objective reporting for decades.

"The national Democratic Party has benefitted from this bias dating back to Franklin Delano Roosevelt," Kincaid said.

Hart countered that: "Journalists could maybe use a little more shouting. A little more arguing about these things. A different kind of arguing, though. One that could open up space to more voices - people we don't hear from in the media, as opposed to a journalism that tells you what the latest polls said."

The debate was part of the campus' Arts and Lecture Series, which is coordinated by Andrea Kolb. She said the aim was to get students to think critically and to be more informed in their voting choices.

"The goal is to get students thinking about the election - it's a critical one," Kolb said. "This particular age group is so tuned in to media and pop culture and they're not always aware of how it influences them."

On september 25, I will be at Eureka College in Illinois for "The Great Election Debate: How the Media Can Sway Votes and Win Elections," at 7:30 p.m. at the Cerf Center. More information on that can be found here.

Quiz: Can anybody tell me the significance of Eureka College?

THE FIRST FIVE RIGHT ANSWERS I RECEIVE AT MY EMAIL ADDRESS Kincaid@comcast.net receive a free DVD copy of the movie "The Third Jihad."

I will notify you if you are one of the five winners in order to get your street address.

If you are in the area of Eureka College, let me know. I would like to meet you.

Send me your thoughts at Kincaid@comcast.net 

For America's Survival,

Cliff Kincaid, President

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