William Cummings, "New York Times Reactions to the
Election of Salvador Allende"

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The 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.


65. Ibid., 85.
66. Manufacturing Consent, xi.
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