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These two groups are so intertwined, having such a mutual reliance on one another; it is difficult to view them as separate entities. A clear example of this is how William J. Casey, Reagan's CIA director, gained both personally and politically from the Capital Cities/ABC takeover. Casey was both a founder of Capital Cities as well as a major political player in the Reagan administration. As a major stockholder of the corporation it is easy to see how he could possibly have used his influence to assure what was broadcast by ABC was favorable to the Reagan administration's political agenda. This example is not unique, rather, it is representative of the normal workings of big business and politics in our country.
To protect the interest of these powers, the media systematically "filters" what it presents to the American public. Issues that pose a threat to the interests of those in control are either not presented or presented in such a way that their threat is neutralized. Conservatives have gone as far as to establish "think tanks" to form conservative opinions from which they can derive their sources. In fact, conservative right wing "think tanks", such as the Heritage Foundation, come out on top in studies of most quoted "think tanks." American opinion however, is much more liberal than that of the conservative experts.
Advertising pressure is another example of a "filter". While newspapers earn 75% of their revenue from advertisement, they claim that the advertisers don't influence the
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- "think tanks", such as the Heritage Foundation, come out on top in studies of most quoted "think tanks."
- George Orwell once said, "[True] liberty…means allowing people freely to say things you do not want to hear."
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