Re: Insight Magazine
David Weintraub (dhw@TELERATE.COM)
Mon, 5 Dec 1994 10:20:13 -0500
> Insight Magazine is by no means a "very right wing magazine". It is mild
> compared to National Review or American Spectator. I read all three
> magazines (in addition to many others), and I strongly disagree with your
> characterization of Insight.
> As for suggesting it distorts or fabricates facts, I'd agree that it often
> presents information that you generally won't get elsewhere. But this
> isn't necessarily Insight's distortion or fabrication, rather, it's the
> rest of (most of) the other media's decision to not present other
> perspective's on major issues.
I would agree that a magazine that "finds" facts many other publications
can't seem to find or verify is doing some very unique reporting. This
would apply to Insight as well as the Weekly World News.
When Insight magazine first came out, I was given a free subscription to
the magazine. I was shocked at the stories they seemed to find that
other publications never published. Either Insight magazine was the
only true source of news, or Insight was full of fertilizer. It did not
take me long to figure out where Insight belong in this journalistic
I did my own investigation into a story Insight magazine printed. The
story was about a secret airport somewhere in Ohio where *any* member of
the Federal Government could ask for a free flight. This airport was
suppose to be stocked with hundreds of 707s and private planes.
This airport turned out to be a repair and storage facility for
government planes. There were no 707s. The facility was too small to
maintain them. Most of the planes were for the Agricultural department.
As for anyone flying them, the manager of the facility said it was up
to the department that owned the plane. He has no say who gets up in
Needless to say, that colored my opinion of Insight magazine.
Now, about this Girl Scout camp that has the girls touching replicas
of male genitalia and then tells the girls not to tell their parents:
I'm sure there are many people who live in the region of this camp
and who subscribe to Scouts-L who can check out the "facts" of this story.
Maybe they can help us clarify this story. Personally, It isn't worth my
time to verify an Insight story anymore.
> In general, Insight magazine offers a perspective that most other magazines
> don't. Apparently, in your mind, any perspective that's different from
> what you get on the radio or TV is distorted or false. Isn't it possible
> that _ALL_ news sources put their own 'spin' on their material?
Actually, I think the problem is not enough "spin" being placed upon a
story. Most news reporting now a days is "Person A said this, but
Person B said that". It is more of a battle of news conferences than
reporting. I don't listen to TV news or read Time and Newsweek. Too
much fluff. Instead, I get my news from an extremely diverse set of
sources, some which would be considered rather liberal while others
would be rather conservative.
> > I believe (but I am not 100% certain) that Insight Magazine is owned by
> > the Unification Church.
> And therefore everything in the magazine is distorted or fabricated? Your
> criticism of Insight has no basis (other than your opinion), and this ad
> hominem argument that Insight lies because it's owned by a religious
> organization is pretty weak. Unfortunately, for Insight, many advertisers
> also don't like the affiliation between Insight and the "moonies".
The Unification Church has had an interesting history that makes it a little
special. I also receive news from publications owned by various religious
groups. Insight editors (as well as the Washington Times editors) have
fought several times with their owners about the independence of their
news organizations. Some of these battles have been well publicized. I
think it is due to these problems that keeps Insight magazine from being
taken seriously as a news magazine.
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