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Control of the Media

Control of the Media

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CONTROL
OF
THEMEDIA
ary
Allen
isauthorof
NoneDareCall
It
Conspiracy;TheRockefellerFile;Kissinger;
Jimmy
Carter/JimmyCarter;TaxTarget:Washington;
and,
Ted
Kennedy:InOverHisHead.
Heisan
AMERICAN
OPINION
ContributingEditor.
EVERY
DAY,
inmillionsofhomesacrossAmerica,apropagandawarisbeingwagedagainstthemindsofalargelyunsuspectingpeople.Thiswarisbeingconductedeverymorninginthedailynewspapers,especiallyinsuchparamountorgansoftheEs-tablishmentpressasthe
NewYorkTimes,
the
WashingtonPost,
and
the
LosAngelesTimes.
It
iswagedevery
MAY,
1983
weekbythemajorweeklynewsmaga-zines,
Time
and
Newsweek.
Anditisbeingpressedthroughoutthedayonnetworkradio
and
television.
In
thiswaytheaverageAmericaniscon-
stantly
bombardedwiththe
"party
line"oftheEastern"Liberal"Es-tablishmentonissuesrangingfromgovernment
spending
onWelfareprogramstothe"nuclearfreeze."
13
 
SeventypercentofAmericansrelyprimarilyontelevisionfortheirnews,andmorethantwo-thirdsuseittofollowpoliticalevents.Nownewtechnologyandderegulationhaveenabledcablenetworkstoproliferate,andthethreebigEstablishmentnetworkscould
soon
beforcedtopresentmorebalancedprogramming.
Allofthisisnomoresurprisingto readersof
AMERICANOPINION
than
the
startlingrevelation
tha
t
the
LosAngelesfreewayswillbecrowded
at
five
p.m
.Conservativeshavelongbeenmovedto
heartburn
by
the
collectivistbiasof
the
massmedia.
It
ishearteningtonote,however,
that
an
increasing
number
of
our
fellowAmericansisawareof
the
extentofmediabias
and
righteouslyangeredbyit.
Not
longagoapollconductedbythe
Los
Ang
elesTimes
surpriseditseditorswi
th
the
revelationth
at
onlyoneAmericaninthreebelieves
that
reportersare
fair.A
GallupPoll
showedthatthepublicrankstheethicals
tandardsand
'honestyofreporterswellbelowthoseofpoliceofficers.And,morerecently,apoll bythe
Establishment's
WashingtonPost
found
fifty-three
percent
ofitsnationwidesampleagreedwith
thestatement
that
the
majornewsmediaoftencoverupstories
that
oughttobereported.Onlythirty-fivepercent took
the
view
that
the
massmediado
not
engageinsuchcoverups.
The
samepollindicated
that
peopleare
aware
of
bias
inreporting:fiftyninepercentsaid
that
reportersin
themajor
news
media
often
express
their
ownopinionstoexcesswhile
not
givingenoughofthefacts.Another
important
surveyofpub-
14
lieopinionwasconductedbyaWashingtonpollingcompanycalledFingerhut-Granados.
This
onepolledpeoplein
the
Washingtonarea(notknownforitsConservativeleanings)tofind
out
iftheybelievethe
WashingtonPost
tends
topublish
"made-up"
stories.Onlyeightper
cent
believed
the
Post
never
ran
suchstories,whilesixtypercentclaimed
they
were
"rare."
But
averysignifi
cant
twenty-twopercentthoughtthenewspaper
ran
"madeupstories"someof
the
time,
and
threepercentactuallybelieved
it
ranthem
most
of
the
time.In
the
wakeofincreasedpublic
distrust
of
the
Establishment
media-acredibilitygapwhichweheartilywelcome
and
encourage-somejournalistshavebeguntoownupto
their
biases
rather
than
try
toconceal
what
shouldbeobvioustoanyoneabove
the
ageofnine.FredFreedofNBCtriedtoexplain
what
has
happened
.Writingin
TV
Guide
henoted:
"This
generationofnewsmenisa
product
of
the
New
.
~
Deal.ThosebeliefsoftheNewDeal
~
are
the
beliefs
that
newshasgrown
~
upon.
This
is
true
of
the
networks,]of
Newsweek,
of
the
NewYork
~
Times,
ofallmedia.Menoflike
-=J
mindarein
the
news.
It
isprovincial.
G
£
The
blue
and
whitecollarpeoplewho
~
areinrevoltnowdohavecausefor
~
AMERICAN
OPINION

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