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Media reform involves all aspects of communication, including newspapers and television, the internet, talk radio, and more.
The myth of the liberal media persists, even though media outlets are being gobbled up by corporations, whose voices are typically conservative. Internet users were asked recently who they were most afraid of, the government, or private industry, and they said overwhelmingly, private industry.
They don’t fear Big Brother as much as Big Business!
Our representative democracy is corrupted by big money in politics.
The age old problem of big money running government exploded January 21, 2010 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Citizens United v. FEC that corporations could spend unlimited amounts of money to influence elections. By enshrining the legal fiction of “corporate personhood”, it equated corporations with persons and money with speech, thus saying under the constitution that corporations have free speech to spend as much as they want to buy elections. Our democracy is now for sale to the highest bidder.
Election reform starts with voting machines, chain of custody of ballots, and integrity of voting procedures. Those are controlled by the Supervisors of Elections in each county who conduct the elections, the County Commissioners who buy the equipment, the Secretary of State in each state who establishes the rules, and the legislatures that pass laws regarding election procedures and what type of voting equipment can be used.
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