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Businessmen, Partisans and Oligarchs: Political Control, News Production Philosophies And Partisan Bias In Mexican Television News
Unformatted Document Text:  29 allotted to each of the parties. This was looked upon badly. So when the governor’s expectations in the elections weren’t met, he decided to fire the executive director,” Peña Silva said. “The new director has told us, ‘your boss is the governor and you owe your job to the governor.’” 34 Many of the journalists who left with Parker had worked with him to form the state’s educational station in Oaxaca. They had proposed that the Tlaxcala congress appoint the state radio and television network director based on “capacity, experience and accomplishments. This didn’t happen. It is a designation imposed by the governor,” Peña Silva said. The governors of Guanajuato, Tabasco and Tlaxcala controlled news production on state- run television. Their mental models of news production, as a resource to be captured for partisan or personal advantage, drove partisan news bias on those stations. The three cases of state-owned television in our sample demonstrate that neither a more plural congress nor more combative journalists can alter news bias unless the structure of state- owned television changes in Mexico to give journalists and station directors more autonomy. The principle method of control is through the appointment of the station’s executive director, so it is there that policy makers should focus. Without a structural change increasing the autonomy of newsrooms, state governors will decide whether or not local television news serves partisan interests. State-owned television can play an important role in local Mexican television news, however. It is the only source of local news in Tlaxcala and may offer an important alternative to commercial stations should local TV in Mexico take on a tabloid style as it has in the United States. That alone makes keeping their news programming worth considering, but what about the 34 Peña Silva. The president of the state’s autonomous electoral institute, which monitors news programming during state elections, repeated this version of events. Lima Gutiérrez.

Authors: Hughes, Sallie. and Lawson, Chappell.
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allotted to each of the parties. This was looked upon badly. So when the governor’s expectations
in the elections weren’t met, he decided to fire the executive director,” Peña Silva said. “The new
director has told us, ‘your boss is the governor and you owe your job to the governor.’”
34
Many of the journalists who left with Parker had worked with him to form the state’s
educational station in Oaxaca. They had proposed that the Tlaxcala congress appoint the state
radio and television network director based on “capacity, experience and accomplishments. This
didn’t happen. It is a designation imposed by the governor,” Peña Silva said.
The governors of Guanajuato, Tabasco and Tlaxcala controlled news production on state-
run television. Their mental models of news production, as a resource to be captured for partisan
or personal advantage, drove partisan news bias on those stations.
The three cases of state-owned television in our sample demonstrate that neither a more
plural congress nor more combative journalists can alter news bias unless the structure of state-
owned television changes in Mexico to give journalists and station directors more autonomy. The
principle method of control is through the appointment of the station’s executive director, so it is
there that policy makers should focus. Without a structural change increasing the autonomy of
newsrooms, state governors will decide whether or not local television news serves partisan
interests.
State-owned television can play an important role in local Mexican television news,
however. It is the only source of local news in Tlaxcala and may offer an important alternative to
commercial stations should local TV in Mexico take on a tabloid style as it has in the United
States. That alone makes keeping their news programming worth considering, but what about the
34
Peña Silva. The president of the state’s autonomous electoral institute, which monitors news programming during
state elections, repeated this version of events. Lima Gutiérrez.


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