Saturday, July 28, 2012

The Filipino Reporter on "Abu Sayyaf."

At Highbeam, a search for "Abu Sayyaf" within the publication "Filipino Reporter" returned 518 results in the following range which shows an interesting potential pattern:

2001-86 (49 before 9/11, and 38 after)

There is no way of knowing online if this represents the total disposition of news articles pertaining to the Abu Sayyaf movement, since the Highbeam index by date for the Filipino Reporter shows an obviously incomplete run before the year 2000. Only the first three months of 1999 are catalogued for instance, as well as the last three months of 1996 (and August, 1996, for some reason) and there's no way to know if any month present is a complete, or partial issue.

But still, with so many out of a total of 21,425 Filipino Reporter articles found at Highbeam on point, some interesting facts can be divined.

The most recent article found there is dated March 16, 2006, which must represent some kind of currency cut-off point in what is still an on-going journal; while the earliest work is dated October 14, 1993.

Established in 1972, it's published by Filipino Reporter Enterprises Inc., a private company incorporated in New York City, with an office described as "Publishing Only, Not Printed On Site." Its
A weekly newspaper of news and issues affecting the Filipino community. Topics include current events, immigration, sports, and editorial opinion pieces.
It might seem odd that an Asian national newspaper would be headquartered in New York, but certifiably strange is the "copyright" found on the first 22 texts found at Highbeam, ending with a September 17, 1998 article, "Bin Laden network in Mindanao no threat to nation's security." These bear a closing ID statement: "Ethnic NewsWatch SoftLine Information, Inc., Stamford, CT."

But then, first seen on a Nicholas Berg-esque April 27, 2000 article, "Muslim rebels behead two hostages," this mark is dropped in favor of "Article copyright Filipino Reporter."

A Google search tells us that
"Ethnic NewsWatch" is the title of a comprehensive full-text informational database that can either be accessed through cd-rom or over the internet The database provides information relating to many different ethnicities in connection with current events, history, culture, business, politics, government, media, arts, health, environment, education, science and more.
A general search within Highbeam for "Ethnic NewsWatch SoftLine Information, Inc., Stamford, CT", returns 82,181 hits. The earliest is a Jewish Telegraphic Agency article dated February 24, 1992, and it seems to indicate a corporate parent relationship. In January, 2000, the "Ethnic NewsWatch" corporate ownership is altered to "Article copyright the Jewish Telegraphic Agency," and it is never seen again.

In January of 1993, "Ethnic NewsWatch SoftLine Information, Inc., Stamford, CT" first appears on a Los Angeles Sentinel article. This is the historic African-American newspaper, founded in 1934, that covers the Black community of Los Angeles.

But then, the identifier, Ethnic NewsWatch SoftLine Information, Inc., changes over in March of 1999, to the individualized Article copyright Los Angeles Sentinel. 

This pattern, in which newspapers published in the mid- to late 90's are solely identified by the corporate mark of the Ethnic NewsWatch SoftLine Information, Inc., then are changed to individually named newspaper copyrights sometime around the turn of the millennium, continues for an astonishing 45 additional cases:

First appearing on July 29, 1993, is India Abroad, which changes in Jan, 2000, to "Article copyright India Abroad Publications, Inc."

First appearing on August 5, 1993, The Italian Voice;

First appearing on September 1, 1993; The Circle, which is a publication focusing on Native American news and issues, arts, and culture in Minnesota and the Midwest.

First appearing on September 1, 1993, the Oakland Post, a weekly African-American general newspaper serving the northern California community.

First appearing on September 16, 1993, the Precinct Reporter; a "provider of news and services to the Long Beach, African American community."

First appearing September 30, 1993, the self-explanatory Journal of Blacks in Higher Education as an Ethnic NewsWatch property, it changes over at some point to "Article copyright TLC Private Operating Foundation," and may represent an infrequent

First appearing October 1, 1993, the Jewish Exponent; a "weekly newspaper providing local and international news for the Jewish community in Philadelphia, PA."

The Ukrainian Weekly; on October 3, 1993;
Weekly newspaper focusing on news of Ukraine and Ukrainians around the world.

Columbus Times; on October 5, 1993;
Online newspaper provides local, national, and world news through a minority voice.

The Italian Voice; on October 7, 1993;
Weekly publication providing general and cultural news of Italian-American community.

The Michigan Quarterly Review; October 16, 1993;
A literary magazine publishing essays, fiction, poetry, interviews, and book reviews.

The Bay State Banner; October 28, 1993;
Boston newspaper has local and national/world news, editorials, opinions, and arts and entertainment.

The Chicago Citizen; October 31, 1993;
Newspaper group consists of five African-American papers including Chatam-Southeast Citizen, Hyde Park Citizen, South Suburban Citizen, and Southend Citizen.

Domes; on October 31, 1993;
Publication cover Local Interest topics regarding Michigan politics and policy.

News From Indian Country; October 31, 1993;
Native American Indian news source for the Ojibwe territory in Wisconsin.

Polish-American Journal; November 1, 1993;
News coverage dedicated to the preservation, promotion, and continuance of Polish-American culture.

Call and Post (Cincinnati); November 11, 1993;
Website publishes local and national news and information on politics, heath, sports, entertainment, business, religion, technology, law, family, and NAACP.

International Examiner; November 16, 1993;
Publication providing news, local to global, to Asian Pacific American communities

Sacramento Observer; December 22, 1993;
Weekly newspaper covers the African American community through local news on health, business, sports, government, and soul issues.

Seminole Tribune; December 31, 1993;
Florida magazine covers news on the Seminole Tribune community.

The Armenian Reporter; January 1, 1994;
The Armenian Reporter is a weekly newspaper serving the Armenian community worldwide. The Armenian Reporter includes news, feature articles, in-depth analysis, and editorials on issues affecting the Armenian people throughout the world.

Baltimore Afro-American; January 1, 1994
The Baltimore Afro-American is a weekly newspaper and news provider for African Americans in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. The Baltimore Afro-American covers local and national news, particularly news of interest to the African American community.

Portland Skanner; January 5, 1994;

The Sun Reporter; January 5, 1994
News journal publishes news targeted toward the black community in the Bay area

Miami Times; January 6, 1994;
Source of information headline, business, and lifestyle news for the Miami South Florida ethnic community

La Prensa de San Antonio; January 7, 1994;
A bilingual newspaper dedicated to keeping the Hispanic community informed on news and issues in San Antonio, TX.

The Ojibwe News; on January 7, 1994; a N"ative American newspaper that raises issues of interest in the community in order to expose corruption, and demand accountability from governmental entities."
Changed Jan. 2000 to "Article copyright Native American Press."

First spotted on January 7, 1994, the august New York paper, The Forward, describing itself as "a newspaper specializing in Religion topics," changes in January 2001 to "Article copyright Forward Newspaper, L.L.C."

Indianapolis Recorder; January 8, 1994
Newspaper providing local interest stories about the African-American community.

The Michigan Chronicle; January 11, 1994

The Irish Voice; January 11, 1994;
Irish Voice is a newspaper specializing in International News topics.

The Washington Informer; January 12, 1994; a "Weekly African-American newspaper focusing on national and local news for Washington D.C. area."

Indian Country Today (Oneida, NY); on January 12, 1994

The Jewish Week; January 13, 1994; "The Jewish Week is an independent newspaper serving the New York City area. The Jewish Week publishes news, editorials, and feature articles of interest to the Jewish community."

The Philadelphia Tribune; January 14, 1994;
Founded in 1884, The Philadelphia Tribune is a daily local newspaper for the African-American community. The Philadelphia Tribune Co. owns and publishes the paper and it has a circulation of over 200,000 readers
By January, 2000 has changed to "Article copyright Philadelphia Tribune Company, Inc."

AsianWeek; January 14, 1994
AsianWeek is the largest English language newspaper serving the Asian/Pacific Islander American community. AsianWeek chronicles the Asian Pacific American experience through reports on the people, events, and ideas prevalent in the culture.

New York Amsterdam News; January 22, 1994;
Amsterdam News is a weekly Black community newspaper published by Amsterdam News. It has been in publication since 1909. The publisher is Ellinor Tatum.

India Abroad; January 28, 1994;
Weekly newspaper providing information on business, economic, and social issues and how they relate to Indian culture.

Caribbean Today; January 31, 1994
Newsmagazine covers news, politics, business, sports, travel, entertainment, and arts of the Caribbean.

Asian Pages; on January 31, 1994;

The New York Beacon; on February 4, 1994;

Washington Afro-American; February 5, 1994;

Baltimore Afro-American; February 5, 1994

The Filipino Express, Jan. 15, 1994

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An page on the singer Dionne Warwick, attributed to an altruistic writer named Mary Kalfatovic, who must have a lot of time on her hands, lists as its source material 4 books, and 16 periodical records, (but oddly, without giving us the article's actual titles,) followed by this comment: "Information also obtained from Ethnic Newswatch, Softline Information, Inc, Stamford, CT." However--it isn't clear how this corporation would possess useful celebrity information not already available in the public domain.

The Filipino Reporter was apparently founded in 1972, as a media tool to manipulate a conflict---be it Maoist, Muslim, or simply mercenary; covering an artificial campaign of Muslim terror for a readership that was predominantly (90 percent) Roman Catholic, and who enjoyed feeling put upon and victimized like their crucified savior.


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