Extra! Update February 1995

    ‘Language: A Key Mechanism of Control’

    Since winning control of Congress, Rep. Newt Gingrich (R.-Ga.) has constantly complained about “destructive” and “negative” coverage from the “liberal elite media.” For example, when asked on Nightline (11/29/94) about his reference to the Clintons as “counter-culture McGoverniks,” he first insisted that he had been misquoted–“I used the term McGovernite, not McGovernik–it was one of those things that the Times picked up and therefore it’s now history” (actually, at least four different newspapers–including the New York Times–quoted Gingrich in their November 10 editions as calling the Clintons “counter-culture McGoverniks”)–and then blamed the media for selective reporting: I didn’t say that …

    Print Friendly

    MacNeil/Lehrer Sells Out

    The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, public television’s flagship news program, is being bought out by a private, for-profit media conglomerate. Liberty Media, a subsidiary of TCI, the nation’s largest cable systems operator, is buying two-thirds of MacNeil/Lehrer Productions, the show’s producer. The mere fact that the NewsHour can be absorbed by a corporate media conglomerate illustrates how little difference remains between so-called public and commercial media. MacNeil/Lehrer have long been funded by corporate giants like AT&T, Pepsi and ADM; now they’re going to be owned by one. And TCI is not just your run-of-the-mill oligopoly. It’s run by John Malone, an entrepreneur …

    Print Friendly

Print Friendly