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Businessmen, Partisans and Oligarchs: Political Control, News Production Philosophies And Partisan Bias In Mexican Television News
Unformatted Document Text:  10 Figure 1: Opposition Gains At The State Level (Counts of State Governments) 19 23 28 29 31 32 17 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 19 88 19 90 19 92 19 94 19 96 19 98 20 00 M ay -0 2 PRI PAN PRD PAN-PRD Partisan bias in 2000 Were Mexico’s media companies easily permeated organizations easily reflecting changes in cues emanating from the news environment, they would produce electoral coverage reflecting the country’s new political pluralism. By 1997, partisan balance had become more or less a fact on the two main commercial networks. However, considerable partisan bias remained in local news, resulting in overall favoritism for the ruling party on television. According to an IFE sample of programs monitored throughout the 2000 campaign, 42% of coverage was dedicated to the PRI, 24% was dedicated to the PAN-dominated Alliance for Change (AC), and 20% was dedicated to the PRD-dominated Alliance for Mexico (AM). Compared to its share of

Authors: Hughes, Sallie. and Lawson, Chappell.
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Figure 1:
Opposition Gains At The State Level
(Counts of State Governments)
19
23
28
29
31
32
17
0
5
10
15
20
25
30
35
19
88
19
90
19
92
19
94
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96
19
98
20
00
M
ay
-0
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PRI
PAN
PRD
PAN-PRD
Partisan bias in 2000
Were Mexico’s media companies easily permeated organizations easily reflecting
changes in cues emanating from the news environment, they would produce electoral coverage
reflecting the country’s new political pluralism. By 1997, partisan balance had become more or
less a fact on the two main commercial networks. However, considerable partisan bias remained
in local news, resulting in overall favoritism for the ruling party on television. According to an
IFE sample of programs monitored throughout the 2000 campaign, 42% of coverage was
dedicated to the PRI, 24% was dedicated to the PAN-dominated Alliance for Change (AC), and
20% was dedicated to the PRD-dominated Alliance for Mexico (AM). Compared to its share of


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