Dec
01
1995

Hightower Gets the Mickey Mouse Treatment

As part of its takeover of ABC/Cap Cities, Disney is acquiring the ABC Radio Networks --and in doing so, it may already have silenced the most distinctive new voice on talk radio. ABC had been distributing the talkshow of Jim Hightower, the sharp-tongued Texas populist. Hightower is an unabashed advocate for blue-collar workers, family farmers, pensioners and middle-class consumers. The real political spectrum, according to Hightower, is not right-to-left: "It's top-to-bottom, and the vast majority of people aren't even in shouting distance of the economic and political powers at the top." While other talkshow hosts make a sport out of […]

Dec
01
1995

TCI's 'Citizen Education' Plan

TCI, the cable company that controls TV access to roughly 20 percent of the country's cable households, has used its position as gatekeeper to acquire stakes in many different programming ventures. The company owns parts of media outlets ranging from the Home Shopping Channel to the News Hour With Jim Lehrer. Now TCI is launching programs of its own, as part of what it calls a "citizen education" campaign--or what critics suggest is going to be a propaganda campaign for TCI chair John Malone's right-wing agenda. (Malone is a Rush Limbaugh fan whose theory of management was quoted in the […]