rdeck (rdeck) wrote,

Election by commercials

"We are choosing our presidential candidates the way we choose our favorite television shows, by which one generates the most advertising revenue for the broadcaster." - http://bit.ly/wTxXeX

Back in the good old days when I was a newsman a century or so ago, newspapers and even TV used to cover candidates with some degree of depth, equality and even intelligence.

Today, the corporate media - newspapers too but mostly TV -- has stopped letting their news departments cover candidates, but instead rakes in hundreds of millions of dollars to run ads and commercials filled with lies, distortions and character assassinations.

All backed by money from a few billionaires.

Since elections are nearly always won by the candidate who spends the most money, the next U.S. president will be chosen by those few billionaires. The millions of real voters are just there for laughs.

Somehow I don't think that's what our Founding Fathers had in mind.

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