Thursday, October 21, 2010

New Trend: Candidates Stiff The Press

Candidates, mostly Republican but increasingly Democratic candidates as well, are barring the press and media from their public appearances, declining to publish schedules of events, etc., apparently because, thanks presumably to the Citizens United decision, they can buy plenty of airtime... airtime the content of which they exclusively control. If you read your news on the Web, you're probably unaffected. If you are limited to what you see on the idiot box, candidates can control their image and message; it's a lot more difficult to get info than it once was. Forced ignorance is bad for democracy... and I'm certain that's precisely what candidates intend.

David Lightman of McClatchy Newspapers has the details; this is worth your time to read.

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