Program #COCA005. Recorded in Santa Cruz, CA on March 07, 1989.Alexander Cockburn presents a lucid and witty lecture on how the mainstream media edit reality. Using many examples, he demonstrates how news is designed, regulated and managed to exclude stories and information that are not ideologically serviceable. The unspoken elite consensus, Cockburn contends, largely determines how issues are framed and topics chosen. His thesis will challenge and stretch perceptions of how and why the media function.
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