ATC editor neutral in corporate take-over of Pacifica

Charles Brown CharlesB at
Thu Jun 21 11:51:00 MDT 2001

Michael Parenti Political Archive

May 2001

Monopoly Media Manipulation

By Michael Parenti

In a capitalist "democracy" like the United States, the
corporate news media faithfully reflect the dominant class
ideology both in their reportage and commentary. At the same
time, these media leave the impression that they are free
and independent, capable of balanced coverage and objective
commentary. How they achieve these seemingly contradictory
but legitimating goals is a matter worthy of study. Notables
in the media industry claim that occasional inaccuracies do
occur in news coverage because of innocent error and
everyday production problems such as deadline pressures,
budgetary restraints, and the difficulty of reducing a
complex story into a concise report. Furthermore, no
communication system can hope to report everything, hence
selectivity is needed.

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