About Media

1977, 25 min, color, sound

Ramos' astute deconstruction of television news focuses on the media coverage of President Jimmy Carter's 1977 declaration of amnesty for Vietnam War draft resisters, and his personal involvement with the issue. Ramos, who had served an eighteen-month prison sentence for draft resistence, was interviewed by New York news reporter Gabe Pressman. Using repetition and juxtaposition, he contrasts the unedited interview footage — and patronizing comments of the news crew — with Pressman's final televised news report. In his ironic manipulation of the material, Ramos exposes the illusion and artifice of television news.

Editors: John Trayna, Anthony Ramos at Electronic Arts Intermix, Inc., New York, NY. Music Performed by: Rose Weaver, Terry Vesey. Technical Assistance: John Trayna. Special Thanks: Gabe Pressman, the WNEW-TV Ch. 5 Newscrew and Theodore Kearney, Ephram Towler, Peter Moore, R.A. Frenchman.

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