In response to an RFFM letter, this from a very
The publisher denied that his newspaper was overlooking
relevant political stories and ended his letter with the following:
"Im happy to assure you that the road we
are on is such a high one that sometimes the air seems too thin."
Note: A hint of arrogance here?
The Relevance of Recycling
"Newt Gingrichs new book (a nonpolitical
novel), out just 6 months ago, has not sold well. It is now being sold in the discount
stores. If the deep discounts dont move the books from the shelves, they will be
send the books to a recycling plant. There, the books will be pounded into pulp
and made into toilet paper."
Note: This was not an attempt at humor. Was this
reporter unabashedly serious or is an advocate for recycling. Not a professional attempt
During a broadcast concerning the intervention of Jesse
Jackson into the Decatur, Illinois school board decision to expel students, a reporter
posed this question to a supporter of the school board:
"If those suspended were white, would they
still have been suspended?"
Did the reporter expect an answer or was the question
meant to appease liberal viewership? The reporter did not ask if Jesse
Jackson would have cared if the students had been white.
A popular news anchor on a Chicago news broadcast,
while speaking of Newt Gingrich said "Heeee's baaaack" as she rolled her eyes in
Note: RFFM took action with the News Director. Immediate
action was taken and corrections were made. Reporter contacted RFFM and stated he/she had
not realized he/she was acting in this manner. An apology was made for the
unprofessional behavior but the damage had already been done.
A Serious Journalist
A reporter stated that President Clinton
instructed his staff to investigate all possibilities for executive orders that
may enacted in the area of gun control. "The President is disappointed that the
Republican Congress will not pass the gun legislation that he wants." The
reporter neglected to state that many Democrats stood with Republicans in the area
of gun control. Nor was it reported that polls indicate Americans want our present laws
enforced before making new laws.
RFFM responded to the report with a fax. The CEO and
Chairman of the organization responded. A directive was given to the News Director to
correct the matter. A quote from the letter "We do not take our responsibility
lightly, nor do we dismiss criticism."
Note: This is the kind of positive response we receive
very often and appreciate.