New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 29, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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“Evil communications corrupt good manners. I hope to live to hear that good communications correct bad manners.”
Benjamin Banneker astronomer, mathematician, 1800Media bias seen in Roper survey
New lottery another incentive for local residents to participate in city recycling
Cash for Trash.
It’s the newest incentive for New Braunfels residents to participate in the city’s curbside recycling program.
Instead of sitting back and enjoying the 50 percent participation rate on recycling (a high percentage in any community), recycling officials are trying to see just how many more people they can get on board to begin utilizing the program.
Cash for Trash is a quarterly lottery in which $100 is awarded to a person who has their bin of recyclables on the curbside when their address is drawn.
If a property is drawn and the homeowner does not utilize his recycling bin that day, the money rolls over to the next quarter, where the lucky environmentally-conscious citizen can win $200.
Don Ferguson, assistant to the city manager, said a few other communities, including Austin, have held lotteries to try and boost participation and interest in recycling endeavors.
The New Braunfels Cash for Trash program has the support of H-E-B and BFI, with each business donating $50.tO‘ the quarterly lottery drawing.
Residents should make sure they recycle this week to be eligible for the first drawing.
While other communities are still debating or resisting the idea of implementing a recycling program, ours is finding new ways to get the public excited about the existing program.
Instead of resting on success, New Braunfels is hoping to build on success. Whether it be Cash for Trash, or another program, the initiative taken to improve an already successful system is commendable.
That’s forward thinking.
(Todays editorial was written by Managing Editor Doug Loveday)
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One of the reasons (there are others) Bob Dole continues to lag behind Bill Ginton is the negative slant given by big media to the Dole campaign and the largely positive spin given the Clinton campaign.
Beginning in the early ‘80s, several credible preference surveys of journalists, editors, network anchors and producers revealed an enormous tilt toward liberal Democrats. When confronted with the undeniable data, the reaction was that, well, yes, we’re liberal, but it doesn’t affect the way we cover the news. We’re professionals and can put aside our personal beliefs to present fair and balanced coverage.
Now comes a new survey in the October-Novem-ber issue of “The Public Perspective,” a Roper Center Review of Public Opinion and Polling, which reveals that the media have not been telling it to the public straight While noting that reporters and newspaper editors are far more likely to identify with the Democratic Party than the Republican: “The data from our survey of reporters suggests that the journalistic goal of objectivity is more of an ideal than a practice. Evidence from our survey shows that the liberal and Democratic leanings of Washington reporters may, consciously or unconsciously, influence coverage of politics.”
The Roper survey asked reporters to assess their coverage of the 1994 Contract with America, and 59 percent said they treated this topic only as an election-year campaign ploy, compared to 3 percent who treated it as a serious reform proposal. “That 6 in IO reporters did not even in part consider the Contract story as a policy proposal in covering issue suggests that the political orientations of journalists — orien
tations which we know to lean in the direction of the Democratic Party and the liberal point of view — may have influenced their work.”
When journalists were asked how often their opinions affect their work, a shocking 78 percent said at least some of the time, including 16 percent who said often. Journalism certainly has changed from the days when news was reported objectively. According to the Roper survey, 62 percent of reporters and 79 percent of newspaper editors feel that they should be “suggesting potential solutions to social problems.” That mandate used to be reserved for commentary. But today’s thinly disguised editorializing is frequently done on the front page and in statements by network anchors and moming-show hosts that are designed to stroke the ones they support and confront those they oppose.
Concludes the Roper survey: “These findings further suggest that the political orientations of those in the journalistic community may, in fact, result in bias in the news.”
Some network executives and editors are in total denial about this, though their story selection, approach to coverage and choice of “analysts” prove the point beyond all doubt. Coverage of the presidential debates reflected a sameness no matter what
channel one watched.
Viewers, who have complained for years about slanted coverage, are ignored. Many have gone to C-Span or simply turn off the TV. In the survey, two-thirds of voters disagree (41 percent strongly and 24 percent mildly) that “news media stories about the campaign provide unbiased accounts of what is happening in the campaign.” While majorities of all major partisan and ideological subgroups feel a media bias is apparent, Republicans (75 percent) and conservatives (70 percent) are most critical of a general media bias.
When confronted with such high levels of customer dissatisfaction, most industries would seek to address the grievances.
But it appears the big media would rather close shop than present, fairly and accurately, a point of view drat differs from their own. This hurts the journalism profession and our democracy, since it prevents a full and complete airing of ideas, issues, character and candidate’s record of promise-keeping.
Ronald Reagan was able to go over the heads of the big media because of his unique communication skills. Bob Dole must run the gantlet and have his ideas mangled by the media buzz saw. Bill Clinton has the big media just where he wants them — as a wholly owned subsidiary of this reelection campaign.
As for the top executives at the networks, by refusing to present balanced coverage and ignoring the interests of a large segment of their audience, they are sowing the seeds of their own destruction.
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Dole still stumping for votes in California
By SANDRA SOBIERAJ
Associated Press Writer
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Where next? After 3 1/2 days of scouring California for votes, Bob Dole’s campaign is making day-by-day decisions about which states to target in this final week.
The Republican presidential challenger planned another California appearance today, with a morning address in Irvine to the World Affairs Council of Orange County.
Just 16 hours before his plane was to take off from southern California today, Dole announced he would travel to Denver before briefly touching base back in Washington. From there, his itinerary was undecided.
“We’re going to be working every day," Dole told reporters Monday even as he acknowledged his own predicament at an Anaheim rally with running mate Jack Kemp. “Anything worth having you
Today in History
By The Associated Press
Today is Tuesday, Oct. 29, the 303rd day of 1996. There are 63 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On Oct. 29, 1929, “Black Tuesday" descended upon the New York Stock Exchange. Prices collapsed amid panic selling and thousands of investors were wiped out as the Great Depression began.
On this date:
In 1618, Sir Walter Raleigh, the English courtier, military adventurer and poet, was executed in London.
In 1682, the founder of Pennsylvania, William Penn, landed et whet is now Chester, Penn.
In 1901, President William McKinley's assassin, Leon Czolgosz was electrocuted.
In 1911, American newspaperman Joseph Pulitzer died in Charleston, S.C.
In 1929, the Republic of Turkey was proclaimed.
In 1940, Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson drew the first number — 158 — in America s first
work hard for — and you come from behind sometimes," Dole said.
Capping an extended tour of California, which Dole has targeted for its top-prize 54 electoral votes, Dole said his campaign’s private polls put President Clinton’s lead in the slate down in the single digits. Most public California surveys have Clinton 10-20 points ahead.
"Looking good. Got new numbers today in our surveys," Dole said. "It can be done.”
With polls putting Dole behind Clinton by double-digit margins in most regions of the country, aides joked that picking targets for the candidate's travel through Election Day next Tuesday was like throwing darts.
Among the states on their "maybe” list: Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, New Mexico and New Jersey. The decisions went straight to the top, with Dole calling the last-minute shots. Clearly preoccupied with California, he was planning an election-eve swing
peacetime military draft.
In 1947, former first lady Frances Cleveland Preston died in Baltimore at age 83.
In 1956, 40 years ago, during the Suez Canal crisis, Israel launched an invasion of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula.
In 1956, “The Huntley-Brinkley Report- premiered as NBC's nightly television newscast, replacing “The Camel News Caravan."
In 1966, 30 years ago, the National Organization for Women was founded.
In 1967, the counter-culture musical “Hair” opened off-Broadway.
In 1979, on the 50th anniversary of the great stock market crash, anti-nuclear protesters tried but failed to shut down the New York Stock Exchange.
In 1994, a gunman fired more than two-dozen shots at the White House; Francisco Martin Duran was later convicted of trying to assassinate President Clinton and was sentenced to 40 years in prison.
Tan yaara ago: Sheik Ahmed Zaki Yamen!, Saudi Arabia's oil minister since 1962 and one of the best-known figures of OPEC, was dismissed.
Five years ago: On the eve of a historic
back through the state next week.
Clinton, campaigning today in Ohio, planned to hit more than IO states before Nov. 5, including California, Arizona, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Colorado, Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico and Florida.
Mostly ignoring Dole's attacks on his character and on his running of the White House, the president has been using the power of incumbency instead to announce initiatives that appeal to working families.
Today, for example, he was highlighting a short list of recommendations to states on how to improve education, including “school by school” report cards that will help parents choose where their children learn.
Reform Party candidate Ross Perot, meanwhile, was using his last week of the campaign to question Clinton’s ability to lead.
Middle East peace conference in Spain, President Bush and Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev met at the Soviet Embassy in Madrid, Spain, and expressed hope for a positive outcome. President Bush imposed trade sanctions against Haiti to pressure its new leaders to restore ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to power.
One year ago: Palestinians burned American and Israeli flags and swore revenge for the assassination of Dr. Fathi Shakaki, the leader of the radical Islamic Jihad and a top architect of terror attacks against Israel. (Shakaki was gunned down three days earlier in Malta, reportedly by Israeli intelligence.)
Today’s Birthdays: Singer Melba Moore is 51. Actor Richard Dreyfuss is 49. Actress Kate Jackson is 48. Senator Dirk Kempthorne, R-Idaho, is 45. Singer Randy Jackson is 35. Rock musician Peter Timmins (Cowboy Junkies) is 31. Actress Winona Ryder is 25.
Thought for Today: “Good taste is the worst vice ever invented.” — Dame Edith Sitwell, English poet (1887-1964).