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November 24, 2008

Democracy or Corporate Rule. Choose One.

-- by Dave Johnson

Why are We, the People allowing big corporations to use OUR broadcast frequencies to spread anti-democracy propaganda with no ability to respond with different viewpoints?

When is the last time you saw a representative of labor on TV talking about why people should join unions?

WE own the radio and television frequencies. WE license the use of these to private companies, and then they use them to push policies that harm us, without allowing anyone to come on and tell the other side.

It used to be different. Before Ronald Reagan came in and changed these (and so many other) rules to favor big corporations over the public's interests broadcasters were not allowed to use our airwaves for propaganda, and were not allowed to overcommercialize their programming. Reagan overturned decades of precedent, and when Congress responded by overwhelmingly passing a law to restore control by democracy Reagan vetoed it. Since then Republicans have vetoed or filibustered every attempt to restore democracy's control over our own resources.

Why do we allow big corporations to use OUR resources against us, for the benefit of a wealthy few? It is either democracy or corporate rule. Choose one.

Posted by Dave Johnson at November 24, 2008 10:53 AM


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