Sanders: How Corporate Media Threatens Our Democracy

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Reprinted from In These Times by Bernie Sanders on January 26, 2017.

“Media shapes our very lives,” writes Senator Bernie Sanders in In These Times. “It tells us what products we need to buy and, by the quantity and nature of coverage, what is ‘important’ and what is ‘unimportant.’ Media informs us as to the scope of what is ‘realistic’ and ‘possible.’

“When we see constant coverage of murders and brutality on television, corporate media is telling us that crime and violence are important issues that we should be concerned about. When there is round-the-clock coverage of the Super Bowl, we are being informed that football and the NFL deserve our rapt attention. When there is very little coverage of the suffering of the 43 million Americans living in poverty, or the thousands of Americans without health insurance who die each year because they can’t get to a doctor when they should, corporately owned media is telling us that these are not issues of major concern. For years, major crises like climate change, the impact of trade agreements on our economy, the role of big money in politics and youth unemployment have received scant media coverage. Trade union leaders, environmentalists, low-income activists, people prepared to challenge the corporate ideology, rarely appear on our TV screens. …

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