Media’s influence on elections topic of college presentation

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

Eureka College will host “The Great Election Debate: How the Media Can Sway Votes and Win Elections” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Cerf Center. Cost is $5. For tickets or more information, call 467-6420.

Media critics Cliff Kincaid and Peter Hart will debate on the media’s role and influence in elections, including the 2012 presidential election.

The debate will explore how media outlets shape public opinion of the candidates and whether media present obstacles to serious discussion of issues.

The debate also will discuss the treatment of Democrats by conservative media conglomerates and whether Republicans are undermined by liberal reporters and public broadcasting. Another topic will be how campaign coverage is being changed by the Internet, YouTube and Comedy Central.

Kincaid is the director of the Accuracy in Media Center for Investigative Journalism and formerly was editor of the AIM Report. He wrote and narrated the AIM documentary “Terror Television: The Rise of Al-Jazeera and the Hate America Media.” AIM is a media watch group that promotes accuracy, fairness and balance in news reporting.

A veteran journalist and media critic, Kincaid specializes in coverage of elections, the U.N. and financial bailouts. He appears regularly on television and radio programs, including CBS Evening News, NBC News’ Today show, Lou Dobbs Tonight, Fox & Friends and The O’Reilly Factor. He is the author or co-author of several books, including “The Death of Talk Radio?” and “Why You Can’t Trust the News.”

Hart is the activism director at Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, a media watch group that scrutinizes media bias and censorship. He writes for FAIR’s magazine, Extra, and is also a co-host and producer of FAIR’s syndicated radio show CounterSpin.

He is the author of the 2003 book “The Oh Really? Factor: Unspinning Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly.” He has been interviewed by a number of media outlets, including NBC Nightly News, The O’Reilly Factor, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday and the Associated Press. He appeared in the documentary “Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism.”