New book exposes how radical activists invaded, conquered America’s newsrooms
(Los Angeles, CA) -- Media bias has been explained, dissected, rationalized, debated and studied. But a new book by a veteran newspaper editor and Internet pioneer says one explanation for it has never been appropriately addressed before.
In “Stop the Presses! The Inside Story of the New Media Revolution,” (WND Books, ISBN 097904510X) WorldNetDaily.com founder Joseph Farah, a former top
editor at major-market newspapers, says he has witnessed an invasion of the newsroom by radical activist groups posing as high-minded journalism associations.
Farah names names – such as the Society for Environmental Journalism and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association -- and cites statements from the pressure groups themselves.
“I wrote ’Stop the Presses!’as a unique effort to explain the institutional problems we see in the establishment press today from the perspective of an insider – someone who witnessed this takeover of America’s newsrooms,” says Farah. "But I also witnessed and participated in the antidote – the New Media, with all of its increased competition and the many fresh voices it welcomes to the national debate.
“Stop the Presses!” explores this issue and many others, including:
• Farah’s first-hand account of his efforts at launching WorldNetDaily.com, the largest independent news source on the Internet;
• His battle for survival during the Clinton administration, which audited his news agency and used taxpayer funds to maintain dossiers on him;
• A brief history of the free press that explains what a uniquely American concept it is; A look at the role of Google, a search engine company Farah deems to be “evil”;
• The impact of Matt Drudge and the way he and those who have followed him have changed the media forever;
• The key role WND played in defeating Al Gore’s presidential ambitions in 2000;
• The Middle East as a case study in international media distortion.
The book debuts this week with major front-of-store promotional display in Barnes & Noble, as the selection of two major monthly book clubs and with the endorsement of Farah’s friends, Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter.
Limbaugh said: “Joseph Farah was not just ’present at the creation’ of the new media revolution, he helped instigate it. ’Stop the Presses!’ is a fascinating and freewheeling look at how a harmonic convergence of politics, personalities and technology has forever changed the way Americans interact with their government, their fellow citizens, and the world.”
Coulter weighed in: “WorldNetDaily’s Joseph Farah is uniquely qualified to tell the real story of the ’new media revolution.’ After all, he helped start it. This Patrick Henry of the internet will have you hoisting a Sam Adams in celebration.”
Joseph Pulitzer once said, “Our republic and its press will rise and fall together.” And, as Joseph Farah points out, they have already begun the nosedive: The press has abandoned its noble post of keeping business and government in check, causing injury to the social, moral, spiritual, and intellectual values of our nation.
“Stop the Presses!” reveals how the press has permitted itself to become captive to a political and social agenda and, perhaps worst of all, has become an advocate of bigger and more intrusive government in the lives of all Americans. By exploring the history of the free press and its relationships with free societies (especially in America), Farah identifies the fundamental problems of today’s press while pointing the way toward a reinvigorated free press and society.
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