The Press: Fueling the Argument

On another front and in far more direct fashion, business was also fighting back at its treatment by the press. The protesters were oil companies, and the focus of their ire was a five-part look at gasoline prices broadcast last month on WNBC-TV, the network-owned station in New York City. The mini-series was aired in daily segments of about five minutes each on the early evening news broadcast. Several oil companies privately expressed displeasure at the coverage, and one, Mobil, went public with its complaints, purchasing nearly $36,000 worth of full-page advertisements in local newspapers to denounce the series as "a...

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