James Lobe received a B.A. degree with highest honours in history at Williams College and a J.D. degree from the University of California at Berkeley. He is best known for his coverage of U.S. foreign policy for the IPS, particularly the neo–conservative influence in the Bush administration. He has also written for Foreign Policy In Focus, Alternet, Tompaine.com, and was featured in BBC and ABC television documentaries about motivations for the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
Slanting the news and the NIIO
Jim Lobe, Inter Press Service Washington bureau chief, addressed the question of "a new scale of values for news reporting" at an Institute for Policy Studies Washington School class he taught in spring 1984. "It's the use of East-West terms, the politically and culturally loaded terms, like Moslem fundamentalist, fanatic, terrorist ... those kinds of words we try to stay away from," said Lobe. "We try to make our writing as neutral as we can. "
Lobe pointed to AP coverage of Nicaragua as exemplifying the value-laden probletms of most Western news coverage of the third world:
- There's a story about Nicaragua that you're getting from AP and they talk about words like communist, Marxist, radical Sandinista state, and so on. Not only is it distorting and does it give them the sense that Nicaragua is no good, but it also shows no concern for them at all ... it doesn't treat the Nicaraguans as people.... The term Soviet-backed Sandinista government is very distorting at this time, but you see it all the time in the U.S. press.
Summing up the New International Information Order's "new scale of values for news reporting," Lobe said,
- "There is. some editorial input in our writing. We tend to write more sympathetically of Third World demands or the Third World plight. We don't feel the same compulsion to say you have to balance your stories".
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National Summit on Africa
After the National Summit on Africa: Exchanges, 2000.
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