The Political Economy of the Mass Media
Program #CHON044. Recorded in Madison, WI on March 15, 1989.
One of the all time great Chomsky talks. He discusses the Salman Rushdie case and the mega merger between Time and Warner. He connects the two by relating an incident he had with a Warner publishing subsidiary. He and Edward Herman had written a book, Counter-Revolutionary Violence. The first print run was in the thousands. When ads started appearing to promote the book they caught the attention of William Sarnoff a top Warner executive. He demanded to see a copy of the book. He called it a "pack of lies." and had the book not only pulped but dissolved the entire subsidiary. Ben Bagdikian in his The Media Monopoly tells the story and calls it a classic example of "corporate interference in and control of the dissemination of information and ideas."
Recorded at the University of Wisconsin.
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