Feb
01
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 […]

Feb
01
1995

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 […]