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Beyond Outrage at Politicians: No More “Politics As Usual”

Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich sees a problem.

And he’s right when he says that our economy has been rigged against average working people. The media gets more from their advertisers when they talk about who’s up or down, who’s winning or losing; their income benefits from focusing on the controversial, provocative moments that they use to define campaigns and politicians – but that isn’t the same as providing fair, balanced, accurate, complete information to us.

Elections are about winning. They don’t test the skills and aptitude needed to govern effectively, but rather the skills to manage and control what the media says, because that’s all most voters have to go on when making their choices. Read the rest of this entry

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