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GUEST,Ron Olesko BS: Traveller Discrimination in the US 3 (195* d) RE: BS: Traveller Discrimination in the US 3 15 Oct 02


Larry,

The fact that Dateline cut you does not show their bias, it shows poor journalism and what is wrong with network television. True, you can define that as bias, but in reality it is a symptom of the producers trying to put out a product that will grab ratings. Dateline looks for soundbites, not speeches. Please don't take offense, but I saw your guest show on Fox News Channel with O'Reilly and I really think he ran circles around you. O'Reilly is a pompous ass who doesn't want to hear any other opinion, but you didn't do a convincing job of getting a point across.    The networks look for guests that have charisma and command. If they air views that are in opposition to the thrust of the story, the sound bite is going to come from someone who will capture the viewers attention, not send them to the remote to click off the show.

I always look to Abbie Hoffman as an example. He realized that the media was a theater and he worked the stage well. His views were not popular at the time, but he managed to get his message across.

I'm not saying that you need to levitate the Pentagon, but if your intention is to educate and get people thinking, you have to take a step back.   You've presented some great facts here in recent times, but you've also let your frustration show at those who question you. You might influence more people with a little empathy for their lack of information.

Ron




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