“America has two problems. Money and media.” – Randi Rhodes
Here’s a note from Bob McChesney
To the wealthy, campaign contributions are not civic donations, they are investments. As a consequence, the USA now has a level of corruption closer to that of a kleptocracy than that of an advanced democracy. As President Jimmy Carter put it recently, the United States is no longer a “functional democracy.” And with voter turnout rates among the very lowest in the world, it is clear most Americans realize the system is rigged.
To add insult to injury, the corporate news media rake in billions of dollars from inane political advertising and effectively cheerlead the process. They report on campaign spending the way sports reporters cover the NBA free agent market. That a politician would get wealthy from a career in “public service” is regarded as perfectly natural and A-OK.
This all has to change. And to change the system we have to understand the precise nature of the problem and how we got here.
That is what John Nichols and I do in our award-winning book, Dollarocracy: How the Money and Media Election Complex is Destroying America. The book was published two years ago after a decade of research, and is now available in paperback.
The foreword to Dollarocracy is written by Senator Bernie Sanders. We interviewed Senator Sanders countless times over the years on this subject and his influence permeates the book. The books ends with specific reform proposals, some of which are championed in Senator Sanders’ presidential campaign.
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