THE MEDIA: PROMOTING TRUTH AND VALUES IN 'SOCIETY'S CONSCIENCE'
Because he ses the media as conscience of society, Reverend Moon has a longstanding interest in the media. He has invested heavily in creating alternative news media in major capitals of the world, including Washingon DC, Seoul and Tokyo.
In His Words:
"The media must be free and must be self-governing. And self-governing media must also be a moral media. A moral media use their freedom to project, preserve and promote God-given human rights and dignity….A moral media must lead the fight against drug abuse, pornography, and the many other destructive vices of society. Thus, the media must become the conscience of society.”
The Washington TimesFounded in 1982, The Washington Times stands among America’s premier newspapers with the motto Get It First and Get it Right. The second largest daily in Washington, D.C., The Washington Times was founded as alternative voice to confront America’s two great challenges: first, Soviet-style communism, which amassed great power and was at the peak of its influence in the early 1980s. and second, a battle of values between a secular media-driven culture and the rising opposition of people of faith joining forces under the tenets of morality and religious faith.
Pundits predicted that The Washington Times would not last six months. What they did not understand was Reverend Moon’s iron determination, motivated by his love for God to help America surmount these two challenges on which hinged the future of the world.
Two U.S. presidents testified to the value of The Washington Times:
President Ronald Reagan:
“The American people know the truth and you, my friends at The Washington Times, have told it to them. It wasn’t always the popular thing to do, but you were a loud and powerful voice. Like me, you arrived in Washington at the beginning of the most momentous decade of the century. Together, we rolled up our sleeves and got to work. We—actually the people themselves—launched the greatest peacetime growth in history, cut taxes, deregulated, while manufacturing productivity rose nearly four percent per year. And, oh yes, we won the Cold War. You faithfully chronicled these dramatic events as well as mirroring the new sense of optimism I felt America needed. Once again, America stood like a shining city on the hill.”
President George H.W. Bush:
“When I think of The Washington Times, I think of a publication that has brought much-needed balance to the way Washington is covered these days. I think of a paper which has earned the respect of its readers. I think of a news organization that maintained its integrity at a time when many in the industry are engaged in sensationalistic and tabloid journalism.”
Other leaders comments about The Washington Times:
Senator Orrin Hatch:
"A newspaper of the first order-dedicated to truth, fairness and good old American common sense...I rely on The Washington Times for the real story behind the headline."
Dr. Laura Schlessinger, radio talk show host:
"I still say of the the newspapers in America, they most consistently have the most intelligently researched, up-to-date-everybody shoujld be interested in know this materialon a daily basis. I'm just really impressed."
William Kristol, Editor of The Weekly Standard magazine:
"The Washington Times is a force to be reckoned with in American politics and journalism."
The World Media AssociationFounded in 1978, the World Media Association provides an international forum for media professionals and opinion leaders to explore the media’s responsibility in today’s rapidly changing world. Since 1978, the association has held fourteen World Media Conferences hosted in cities such as New York, Tokyo, Seoul, Moscow and Cartagena, Columbia. It brings together hundreds of the best media minds representing a cross section of the profession from 90 countries. Currently, the association holds a series of forums in Washington, D.C., on such themes as The Media’s Role in Promoting Vice and Virtue.
World Media Association Fact-Finding ToursWorld Media Association fact-finding tours have taken journalists to the world’s hot spots including the Soviet Union in the early 1980s, North and South Korea, Japan, China, Central America, South Africa, Angola and Mozambique.
Segye Ilbo, Seoul, KoreaAnother alternative media voice in Reverend Moon’s native country of Korea, Segye Ilbo is a daily newspaper in the capital, Seoul. Reverend Moon explained his vision for the paper in the motto he gave: “Love God, Love Humankind, Love Your Country.”
Praise for Segye Ilbo from the President of Korea:
President Kim Dae Jung, at the paper's 10th anniversary, praised it saying: “I set a high value on the Segye Ilbo's decade of efforts of capable journalism and I hope it becomes prosperous as a worldwide newspaper as the name implies.”
Sekai Nippo, Tokyo, JapanFounded in 1975, Sekai Nippo is a daily newspaper in the nation's capital and is an indispensable news source among the Japanese media. Its exposes were effective in curtailing the influence of communism during the Cold War and, more recently, the corruption of the mainstream press.
The Middle East TimesFounded 1983, as a weekly print publication to promote peace, partnership and prosperity in the Middle East, today the Middle East Times is a online newspaper.
United Press InternationalUPI is the world's oldest privately owned news service. It was founded by the newspaper legend E.W. Scripps in 1907, to cover news from around the world. As an alternative voice to Associated Press, UPI provides in-depth analysis of current events, as well as breaking news and briefs for broadcast, print, electronic libraries, websites, and a variety of other subscribers. UPI is the interface of journalism's future, committed to unbiased, free and fair reporting of the world's events. http://www.upi.com
The Washington Times FoundationEstablished in 1984, the the Washington Times Foundation is a not-for-profit organization devoted to encouraging the highest ideals in cultural values and public-mindedness. The Foundation has developed programs, particularly in the areas of media and journalism, to promote the values of family, freedom, and faith; values that have been weakened and confused in the modern era.
Universal Peace TVA website presenting internet tv programs about the activities of the Universal Peace Federation and the topics relating to the creation of a world of peace including interviews and conference presentations.