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Businessmen, Partisans and Oligarchs: Political Control, News Production Philosophies And Partisan Bias In Mexican Television News
Unformatted Document Text:  26 we have a governor who perhaps asks us not to touch certain interests, or more than interests, not to adversely affect his image, then he dictates a policy and the director follows it.” 24 During Fox’ tenure, the station was on a short leash because the governor had his eyes set on the presidency. State-owned television stations “are part of Narcissus’s mirror,” said current executive director Jorge Pantojo, who was appointed by newly elected Gov. Juan Carlos Romero Hicks in 2001. “If the governor in this moment is panista, everyone goes for the PAN. If he is priísta, everyone goes for the PRI.” 25 Pantojo, then a director at the university-run Channel 11 in Mexico City, said that he accepted the Guanajuato appointment only when Romero Hicks assured him that he wanted Channel 4 to operate in a non-partisan manner. “I am not panista, nor priísta, nor anything. I look for balance and equity,” Pantojo said. The director understands, however, that he has such liberty because the governor gives it to him. 26 Televisión Tabasqueña The director of Tabasco’s state television channel in 2000 was Paulo Miguel Orico Julien, but he answered to the state government’s director of Social Communication and Public Relations, Ady Gárcia López. Gárcia was an appointee of Carlos Madrazo Pintado, who became governor in a heavily disputed election in 1994. Among the opposition’s complaints that year were pro-PRI media bias and that the Madrazo campaign exceeded the legal campaign spending cap by more than 100 percent. Some of that money went to journalists and media owners. 27 24 Alicia Arias Muñoz, interview, León, Guanajuato, 2 June 2002. 25 Jaime Rogelio Pantoja Merino, interview, León, Guanajuato, 2 June 2002. 26 Ibid. 27 In one of the more Byzantine twists in Tabasco politics, crates with original campaign documents supporting these claims were left at a PRD protest in Mexico City.

Authors: Hughes, Sallie. and Lawson, Chappell.
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we have a governor who perhaps asks us not to touch certain interests, or more than interests, not
to adversely affect his image, then he dictates a policy and the director follows it.”
24
During Fox’ tenure, the station was on a short leash because the governor had his eyes set
on the presidency. State-owned television stations “are part of Narcissus’s mirror,” said current
executive director Jorge Pantojo, who was appointed by newly elected Gov. Juan Carlos Romero
Hicks in 2001. “If the governor in this moment is panista, everyone goes for the PAN. If he is
priísta, everyone goes for the PRI.”
25
Pantojo, then a director at the university-run Channel 11 in Mexico City, said that he
accepted the Guanajuato appointment only when Romero Hicks assured him that he wanted
Channel 4 to operate in a non-partisan manner. “I am not panista, nor priísta, nor anything. I
look for balance and equity,” Pantojo said. The director understands, however, that he has such
liberty because the governor gives it to him.
26
Televisión Tabasqueña
The director of Tabasco’s state television channel in 2000 was Paulo Miguel Orico
Julien, but he answered to the state government’s director of Social Communication and Public
Relations, Ady Gárcia López. Gárcia was an appointee of Carlos Madrazo Pintado, who became
governor in a heavily disputed election in 1994. Among the opposition’s complaints that year
were pro-PRI media bias and that the Madrazo campaign exceeded the legal campaign spending
cap by more than 100 percent. Some of that money went to journalists and media owners.
27
24
Alicia Arias Muñoz, interview, León, Guanajuato, 2 June 2002.
25
Jaime Rogelio Pantoja Merino, interview, León, Guanajuato, 2 June 2002.
26
Ibid.
27
In one of the more Byzantine twists in Tabasco politics, crates with original campaign documents supporting these
claims were left at a PRD protest in Mexico City.


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