Sep 01 1992

America’s Most Wanted Takes Credit for a Killing

Nowadays one can be portrayed as a wanton murderer on a nationally televised program, get killed by police less than 48 hours later, and have the nation invited by television to applaud the death within the week. That fate befell Cesar Mazariego-Molina, 26, an undocumented worker from El Salvador, who L.A. County sheriff’s deputies said killed rookie Sheriff’s Deputy Nelson Yamamoto in a gun battle. Less than two days after the case was featured on the TV program America’s Most Wanted, New York State police killed him with a shotgun blast to the back of the head. Mazariego-Molina’s family contends […]

Sep 01 1992

Conventional Wisdom

How the press rewrites Democratic Party history every four years

Al Gore and Bill Clinton, 1992 (photo: Michelle V. Agins/NYT)

Coverage of the 1992 Democratic National Convention often drew sharp contrasts with earlier Democratic conventions–particularly 1984 and 1988. A look back at the coverage of those conventions, however, shows that they were covered in almost exactly the same terms.