SUNDAY MORNING POLITICAL TALK SHOWS IGNORE CORPORATE
Washington D.C., July 12, 2001 -- The Sunday morning political talk shows shut out issues related to corporate power. That is the primary conclusion of a new report issued by Essential Information, a Ralph Nader founded organization that provides information to the public on important topics neglected by the mass media and policymakers. Report authors George Farah and Justin Elga conducted a quantitative analysis of transcripts broadcast over a period of eighteen months from four talk shows -- The McLaughlin Group, Meet the Press, Face the Nation, This Week.
They found that:
"Issues related to corporate power -- from banking to telecommunications
regulations, from international trade policy to antitrust enforcement
-- are central to Washington policymaking and to the condition of peoples
lives," said study co-author George Farah. "It is a public disservice
that the talk shows systematically ignore these issues."
"Corporate influence over the networks, the shows and the guests may in part explain the remarkable omission of issues related to corporate power," said study co-author Justin Elga. "Multinational conglomerates own the networks, major corporations sponsor specific shows, businesses regularly pay celebrity journalist lecture fees, and massive corporations fund the campaigns of the guest newsmakers."