AIM Speakers Bureau

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AIM Speakers Bureau

 

 

Name:
Accuracy in Media, inc. (Creator); Allied Educational Foundation (Creator)
Title:
AIM Speakers Bureau
Abstract:
Reed Irvine (pictured at far left) started Accuracy in Media, Inc. ("AIM"), in 1969 as a volunteer group that wrote letters critical of liberal views to journalists and news organizations. AIM became a more formal institution when it began publishing the AIM Report in 1972, a digest devoted to correcting news stories the organization felt had been inaccurately reported by the "mainstream" media. AIM eventually added the speaker’s bureau advertised in the pictured brochure in order to further expand their reach by providing "an impressive array of speakers who can . . . [show] how the media have misled the public in matters of grave importance." The topics covered by the bureau’s speakers focused especially on "media accuracy, international affairs, national security, [and] media manipulation." Group Research, Inc. collected the pictured brochure in late 1990 at a conservative conference. Its graffiti-style headline attempted to promote AIM’s speakers as culturally relevant--the brochure describes their talks as "spell-binding" and "lively"--even as the red/blue color scheme conservatively suggested patriotism. The inclusion of biographies for the advertised speakers appealed to the desired rationality of AIM’s audience, while the smiling head shots attempted to make the speakers seem approachable. AIM’s target audience is belied by the fact that only one of the twenty-eight speakers featured in this brochure was a woman, while twenty-four of them were white men.
Collection Name:
Group Research, Inc. Records
Archival Context:
Series I: Topical Files. Box no. 1, Folder no. Accuracy In Media, 1986-
Subjects:
Baron, Murray; Wiley, Charles; Goulden, Joseph C., 1934-; Kincaid, Cliff; Droge, Dolf; Irvine, Reed
Format:
printed ephemera
Place of Origin:
Washington (D.C.)
Date:
[1990]
Language:
English
Library Location:
Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Columbia University
Browse Location’s Digital Content
Digital Project:
Choosing sides: right-wing icons in the Group Research Records
Persistent URL:
https://dx.doi.org/10.7916/D8N88NQ0