Volume 95, Issue 66

Wednesday, January 30, 2002
 

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Journalist slams mainstream media

By Erin Conway-Smith
Gazette Staff


Fundamentalism as a serious religious, social and political movement is unexamined in the mainstream media, said Vision TV's Rita Deverell at a guest lecture yesterday.

Deverell, vice-president of Vision TV and executive producer of Insight, spoke at Western on the subject of "Challenging CNN: September 11, Media and Faith."

The main media narrative of Sept. 11 is that one evil, crazy, religious fundamentalist terrorist caused all the problems, Deverell said. "There are a whole lot of stories that simply aren't being seen."

Judeo-Christian fundamentalism is not viewed in the same way as other types of fundamentalism, Deverell said. "In the [United] States, they can't even see encroaching, creeping fundamentalism in national life."

Following Sept. 11, Vision TV covered stories outside the dominant narrative being adhered to in mainstream media, she said.

"We said, 'there is another story than one evil, religious fanatic that caused a lot of problems,'" she said.

The story of a Hindu temple that was burned in Hamilton, Ontario following Sept. 11 reportedly due to a misunderstanding of the temple as an Islamic mosque was highlighted on Vision TV as a story opposite to the master narrative presented in mainstream media.

Deverell said she was concerned by the lack of time mainstream broadcast media devotes to diverging opinions and analysis. "When there is not space for broad-ranging public opinion and there is only one story, that is a very dangerous situation," she said.

"I like the fact [Vision TV] produces stories you don't see on other channels and on a diversity of opinion," said Jon Terkel, a masters of arts in journalism student.

As a prominent female journalist, Deverell is an inspiration for students, said Gloria Leckie, dean of the faculty of media and information studies.

Deverell was brought to Western as a visiting journalist through funding from the Reader's Digest Foundation, Leckie said.


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