By: Trevor Loudon
The public policy group America’s Survival, Inc. is holding a national conference on “The Crisis in American Journalism and the Conservative Response.” The all-day event, to be held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on August 20, will feature the release of Paul Kengor’s new book, All the Dupes Fit to Print: Journalists Who Have Served as Tools of Communist Propaganda.
Interestingly, the conference is being held on the same day that Al Jazeera America is scheduled to launch its broadcasting operations on U.S. soil. ASI President Kincaid, a conservative journalist who also serves as director of the Accuracy in Media (AIM) Center for Investigative Journalism, has led a national campaign to deny carriage to Al Jazeera in the U.S. media market on the grounds that it is a homeland security threat. He has urged American journalists not to go to work for the Muslim Brotherhood channel.
“Groups exist to monitor and reform higher education in general, and to critique the media, but with this conference, America’s Survival, Inc. begins the process of reforming journalism itself,” stated ASI President Cliff Kincaid. “We intend this to be a multi-year process that will help restore old-fashioned objective reporting as the norm, rather than the exception. We find the growing acceptance of foreign-funded channels such as Al Jazeera and Russia Today to be a sign of journalism’s demise.”
He went on, “Our conference will examine the well-documented liberal bias of the major media, including the vicious smear-oriented ‘journalism’ of such new publications as The Huffington Post. At the same time, we will question the nature of some of the conservative media, especially the relationship that exists between Matt Drudge and Alex Jones. Finally, we will offer the public alternative sources of news and information, with a special emphasis on the development of new media such as our own new television channel on Roku, developed in cooperation with Jerry Kenney and his Kenney Broadcasting.”
Kincaid added, “We believe that Paul Kengor’s book, as well as a volume we are releasing by Tina Trent and Mary Grabar on the state of conservative media and journalism education, will help the media move in new and more positive directions. We believe the answer to media bias is better journalism education and the building of responsible news operations and companies.”
Other speakers and topics will include:
- Cliff Kincaid, President of America’s Survival, Inc., “The Rise and Fall of Fox News.”
- Tina Trent, writer and researcher, “Matt Drudge: the King of Conservative Media?”
- Mary Grabar, conservative professor, “What’s Wrong with Journalism Education?”
- Trevor Loudon, investigative researcher and blogger, “The Enemies Within: Communists, Socialists, and Progressives in the United States Congress.”