It's critical that the media — and especially the news media
— be reinvented to reflect the interests and needs of the
majority of the people. Foremost among the tasks before the
citizenry is to develop compelling alternatives to the cynical and
spectacular corporate media. While corporate lobbyists coopt
Christian piety, gay bashing, racism, and fear, a new intensity is needed
to withstand this surge of authoritarianism, militarism, and greed.
Liberty and intellectual freedom are being torn down by a regime of
power-lust. Cynical men who will wrap themselves in the flag and
hide behind a cross while they knowingly betray the interests of
the American people. These politicians derive their power by
serving corporate paymasters who are quite pleased with this
pageantry of patriotism and piety because it has allowed
unprecedented control of the government by corporate lobbyists.
This state of affairs, however, goes almost completely unmentioned
in the media bubble created by commercial broadcasting. This is why
reform of government must begin with reform of media institutions.
The more independent the better.