Jul 1 1994

Koppel Covers for Limbaugh’s Rumor-Mongering

Koppel Covers for Limbaugh’s Rumor-Mongering Ted Koppel’s special (ABC Viewpoint, 4/19/94) on press coverage of Whitewater was a perfect opportunity to take Rush Limbaugh to task for spreading unfounded conspiracy theories. But instead, ABC journalists Koppel and Jeff Greenfield let Limbaugh off the hook. On his March 10 radio broadcast, Limbaugh had announced the following in urgent tones: OK, folks, I think I got enough information here to tell you about the contents of this fax that I got. Brace yourselves. This fax contains information that I have just been told will appear in a newsletter to Morgan Stanley sales […]

Apr 1 1994

Victor Neufeld’s Anti-Environmental Spin Continues

Extra! Update June 1994

Victor Neufeld, 20/20‘s executive producer, whose wife is a PR agent who has represented the nuclear, chemical and plastics industries, has continued to steer the show away from environmental stories. In an Extra! expose (1-2/94), 20/20 staffers and ex-staffers told of Neufeld squelching stories critical of the nuclear industry and putting a spin on environmental stories that minimized or denied environmental concerns. ABC reacted to the Extra! article by “circling the wagons” around Neufeld, a 20/20 source said. As for Neufeld’s posture on environmental stories, “It’s the same thing–and worse.” Indeed, Neufeld, along with John Stossel, the correspondent who has […]

Mar 1 1990

Capital Cities/ABC

No. 2, and Trying Harder

Thomas Murphy

In 1985, Capital Cities, a company with interests in TV, radio and publishing, spent $3.4 billion to take over the American Broadcasting Co., a company four times its size. At the time, ABC employees feared their new parent’s tight fists and sharp eyes. Cap Cities management has certainly lived up to its advance billing; the acquisition, which looked a little grandiose in 1985, effectively paid for itself in four years. Cap Cities/ABC is a diversified media conglomerate with little debt and $1.1 billion in the bank. just tinder 80 percent of 1989 sales (which totaled $4.96 billion), and 86 percent […]