New York Times coverage of Allende's election revealed a profound
ideological bias against anyone professing socialist beliefs, and such
bias obviously influenced the focus, tone, and framework of analysis
within the paper's articles and editorials. This bias was profoundly
reinforced by the paper's reliance on, and trust in, sources opposed
to an Allende presidency, particularly sources provided by the U.S.
Government. It is beyond the scope of this essay to determine whether
such bias was the inevitable result of "a culturally derived perception
of common interests"65 between the media, corporations, and the U.S.
Government, or the efforts of the "powerful...to 'manage' public opinion."66
Yet, it is clear that the New York Times reacted to the election
of Salvador Allende in a manner very similar to that of the U.S. Government
and corporations with investments in Chile.