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The origins and evolution of the major insititutions in the United States for noncommercial radio and television are explored in this unique volume. Ralph Engelman examines the politics behind the development of National Public Radio, Radio Pacifica and the Public Broadcasting Service. He traces the changing social forces that converged to launch and shape these institutions from the Second World War to the present day. The book challenges several commonly held beliefs - including that the mass media is simply a manipulative tool - and concludes that public broadcasting has an enormous potential as an emancipatory vehicle.

The Attack of the Right and the Future of Public Radio and Television
The attack of the right and the future of public radio and television

Soon after passage of the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967, powerful conservative political forces placed public broadcasting under a more or less continuous siege that has lasted up until the present. In this undertaking, the new right had powerful allies in the White House and in Congress, from Richard Nixon in the late 1960s and early 1970s and Ronald Reagan in the 1980s to Senator Robert Dole and House Speaker Newt Gingrich in the 1990s. Hence, besides the system's funding and bureaucratic structure, pressure from the political right put political constraints on the development of public broadcasting's flagship news programs. ...

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