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Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Calls Press 'Negligent'

'We're the Best Entertained but the Least Informed'

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NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- Robert F. Kennedy Jr. called the American press "negligent" in covering environmental devastation and the federal policies he said are encouraging it.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. takes the press to task over its coverage.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. takes the press to task over its coverage. Credit: Doug Goodman

"Americans know more about Tom Cruise and Katie [Holmes] than they do about global warming," he complained in a rapid-fire, searing speech on the last day of this year's American Magazine Conference in Phoenix. "We're the best entertained but the least informed."

Mr. Kennedy, a senior attorney for the National Resources Defense Council and chief prosecuting attorney for Riverkeeper, said investigative reporters are being laid off, newsrooms are shrinking and consolidation of the biggest media properties continues to concentrate power in the hands of a very few.

He accused the Bush Administration and big business of both treating the planet as if it were a "business in liquidation." But, he repeated, "You won't read about it in the American press."

One almost hopes Mr. Kennedy didn't stick around after his speech, however; he was followed directly by a panel called "Celebs and Magazines: Secrets of Success."
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