We need a media that covers power, not covers for power.
What is the role of the media? According to Noam Chomsky, an obstinate, cantankerous press is an essential prerequisite for the people’s right to know.
Amy Goodman, of Democracy Now!, thinks of the media as a big kitchen table where we sit around and debate the issues of the day. Anything less is a disservice to a democratic society.
The current presidential election coverage in the United States is not only falling short of journalistic standards, but creates a veil of distortion, lies and misrepresentation that obscures reality. By giving too much attention to certain subjects while ignoring others, the media manufactures consent by influencing public perceptions on major issues, like wars, elections and policy.
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