We write to ask you to reconsider the AAP’s November 2001 Policy Statement on Media Violence. It contains many misstatements about social-science research on media effects. Your organization’s views about the mass media’s impact on children are entitled to respect, but professional opinion should not be confused with scientific evidence.
Archives for December 2001
A group of media scholars asked the American Academy of Pediatrics today to reconsider its November 2001 Policy Statement on Media Violence because of its "many misstatements about social-science research on media effects." The scholars cited both the Policy Statement’s factual inaccuracies and its "overall distortions and failure to acknowledge many serious questions about the interpretation of media violence studies."
While military tribunals raise questions primarily about criminal justice, they also threaten First Amendment principles, rights and values. They can effectively "gag" defendants, undermine the ability of the press to report and the public’s right to know about critical events, and shield the government from scrutiny—all principles that are basic to democracy.