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Not Rex: Weimar Amerika!

This week, Not Rex's  reflects: Less than two years ago there was such hope in America. The election of Barack Obama was the culmination of the civil rights movement. NOT.

Then the "Citizens United" Supreme Court Decision gave American corporations carte blanche to shovel money to the Tea Party during the mid-term elections.

 

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Rich media, poor democracy

As the 2010 elections come to a close, the biggest winner of all remains undeclared: the broadcasters. The biggest loser: democracy. These were the most expensive midterm elections in U.S. history, costing close to $4 billion, $3 billion of which went to advertising. What if ad time were free? We hear no debate about this, because the media corporations are making such a killing by selling campaign ads. Yet the broadcasters are using public airwaves.

I am reminded of the 1999 book by media scholar Robert McChesney, Rich Media, Poor Democracy. In it, he writes, "Broadcasters have little incentive to cover candidates, because it is in their interest to force them to publicize their campaigns."

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Tea Party fortunes fertilize grassroots

Back in 1980, when Ronald Reagan launched his campaign for a right-wing revolution in America, David Koch was a disgruntled billionaire who thought Reagan wasn't far enough to the right.

Today, Koch is still a disgruntled billionaire and still convinced the Reagan revolution hasn't gone nearly far enough in cutting taxes on the rich, dismantling the welfare state and gutting government controls on business.

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