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The Topeka Capital Journal
Thursday, October 29, 1998
KSU speaker says media
focus misses the mark
By MATT MOLINE
Special The Capital-Journal
MANHATTAN Ê The national
news media are ignoring vital
life-or-death stories around
the world. Oscar®-winning documentary film producer Barbara Trent
charged in a lecture at Kansas State
At the same time, network news
broadcasters, for instance, continue
to be overly occupied with the
Clinton-Lewinsky matter, Trent contended Tuesday in a Lou Douglas
Lecture Series on Public Issues in
the KSU Union.
"There are major things happening
in this world that are life and death-related," she said, "and it seems to
me that's what we need to be hearing
from the media."
Trent cited the possibility of imminent U.S. military air strikes in
Serbia as an example of a current
news topic that is deserving of more
play among national media outlets.
"We (also) have an embargo against
the people of Iraq," Trent said, "and
there are children dying every day
because they don't have clean water
because we bombed out the infrastructure (in the Gulf War)."
Trent, who won the 1992 documentary film Academy Award for her
film, "The Panama Deception," also
criticized the national media for
failing to report the real story
behind the U.S. invasion of Panama
in 1989, which resulted in thousands
of unnecessary civilian casualties,
"We need to 'follow the dollar'
when we read the news." Trent said.
"Whenever you read we're going
someplace in the world to bring
democracy to a country, just for once,
assume it's not true. What might be
another reason for an invasion?
(Exploring the other possible reasons) is what the news media ought to
be talking about."
An audience of about 250 attended
the presentation Ê the third event
this fall in the lecture series devoted
to human rights, social justice and
world peace, organizers said.
The series' sponsors include
Manhattan philanthropist Mary
Douglas and Dr. Bill Roy and his
wife. Jane, of Topeka.
Trent. 52, who lives in Chapel Hill,
N.C., admonished listeners "to do
something every day to make this a
better place, this whole planet we
"Whether it's just talking to the
next person to you in line at the grocery store about what they think
about something," she said, "or letting the guy in the car in front of you
make that left turn.
"Together, I think we can make
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