''Insight on the News'' (also called ''Insight'') was an American conservative
print and online news magazine
. It was owned by News World Communications
, an international media conglomerate founded by Unification movement
founder Sun Myung Moon
, which at the time owned ''The Washington Times
'', United Press International
, and several newspapers in Japan, South Korea, Africa, and South America. ''Insight''s reporting sometimes resulted in journalistic controversy.
[ "News World Communications is the media arm of Reverend Sun Myung Moon’s Unification Church."]
Background and history
''Insight'' was founded in 1985.
In 1991 the magazine was one of the first publications to use the word "Islamophobia
In 1997 ''Insight'' reported that the administration of President Bill Clinton gave political donors rights to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery
. This charge was widely repeated on talk radio and other conservative outlets; but was later denied by the United States Army
, which has charge over the cemetery. Media and political pressure led to the body of M. Larry Lawrence
, a former United States Ambassador
, to be exhumed at Arlington and reinter
red at another location.
Contributors include Arnold Beichman
, Arnaud de Borchgrave
, Frank Gaffney, Jr.
and Lew Rockwell
In 1998 CNN
reported that ''Insight'' "created a stir" when Paula Jones
, who had filed a sexual harassment
lawsuit against President Clinton, was the magazine's guest at the annual White House Correspondents Association
dinner where Clinton spoke.
In 1999 ''Insight'' criticized Project Megiddo
, an FBI
report on possible right-wing terrorism
predicted for the year 2000.
In 2001 ''Insight'' printed an article by Dan Smith which said that immigration
and an ethnically diverse population helped to protect the United States against terrorism
. This article was reprinted as a chapter in the 2004 book ''Terrorism: Opposing Viewpoints''
In 2002 ''Insight'' printed a story by ''Washington Times'' reporter Steve Miller writing that African Americans
were doing well economically. This story was reprinted in the 2005 book ''Race Relations: Opposing Viewpoints''.
In 2003, ''Insight'' misquoted President Abraham Lincoln
as saying during the American Civil War
: "Congressmen who willfully take action during wartime that damage morale and undermine the military are saboteurs, and should be arrested, exiled or hanged." By 2008, this statement was being widely repeated, although Lincoln never said or wrote it.
In 2004 ''Insight'' printed an article by Abdulwahah Alkebsi defending the role of Islam
in bringing democracy
to the Middle East
. The story was reprinted as a chapter in the 2004 book: ''Islam: Opposing Viewpoints''.
In 2004, News World Communications discontinued publication of the print magazine
and hired Jeffrey T. Kuhner
to run ''Insight'' as a stand-alone website
. Under Kuhner, ''Insight'' did not identify its reporters, in what Kuhner described as an effort to encourage contributions from sources who "do not want to reveal their names". Kuhner said about this:
:“Reporters in Washington know a whole lot of what is going on and feel themselves shackled and prevented from reporting what they know is going on. ''Insight'' is almost like an outlet, an escape valve where they can come out with this information.”
In 2007, ''Insight'' reported on an undercover investigation of the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center, located in Falls Church, Virginia
, a suburb of Washington, D.C.
, by the group Society of Americans for National Existence (SANE). ''Insight's'' story was denounced by the Council on American-Islamic Relations
In May 2008 ''Insight'' ended publication and wrote to its readers: "The kind of cutting edge behind-the-scenes political intelligence you have come to rely upon from Insight will now be available from its sister publication, ''The Washington Times
Clinton/Obama controversy in 2008 Presidential Campaign
On January 17, 2007, ''Insight'' published a story which claimed that someone on the campaign staff of American presidential candidate Senator Hillary Clinton
had leaked a report to one of ''Insight's'' reporters which said that Senator Barack Obama
had "spent at least four years in a so-called madrassa, or Muslim seminary, in Indonesia"
Kuhner also claimed that the source said that the Clinton campaign which was "preparing an accusation that her rival Senator Barack Obama had covered up a brief period he had spent in an Islamic religious school in Indonesia when he was six." Clinton denied the allegations. When interviewed by the ''New York Times
'', Kuhner refused to name the person said to be the reporter's source.
Soon after ''Insight''s story, CNN
reporter John Vause
visited State Elementary School Menteng 01
, a secular public school
which Obama had attended for one year after attending a Roman Catholic
school for three, and found that each student received two hours of religious instruction per week in his or her own faith. He was told by Hardi Priyono, deputy headmaster of the school, "This is a public school. We don't focus on religion. In our daily lives, we try to respect religion, but we don't give preferential treatment."
Students at Besuki wore Western clothing, and the ''Chicago Tribune
'' described the school as "so progressive that teachers wore miniskirts and all students were encouraged to celebrate Christmas
Interviews by Nedra Pickler
of the Associated Press
found that students of all faiths have been welcome there since before Obama's attendance. Akmad Solichin, the vice principal of the school, told Pickler: “The allegations are completely baseless. Yes, most of our students are Muslim, but there are Christians as well. Everyone's welcome here ... it's a public school.”
* Barack Obama religion conspiracy theories
* Unification Church political activities
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