"AMY GOODMAN: NAB, the National Association of Broadcasters, the consolidation of media, the advertisements -- in the last week the gabfest everywhere for the end of the money quarter, and talking about the politicians -- Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton -- who had raised tens of millions of dollars. What they don’t talk about is where it’s going. The majority is going to those people who are speaking on the networks, their bosses.
BILL MOYERS: It’s a racket. It’s a racket. Let’s just face it. Democracy has become a racket when it comes to money and politics and the media. Most of that money goes to the consultants, the advertisers, the people who make the ads. Then it goes to the people who broadcast the ads. And one of the reasons you don't get a lot of coverage on the local television stations today of local politics -- it’s abominable -- is because they want that money from the advertising. I mean, this is contempt. It’s contempt of democracy. It’s contempt of our freedoms. And the collusion between broadcasters and politicians who raise all this money to support the broadcast industry to pay for the advertising is a corrupting power. We cannot rightly claim to have a functioning democracy as long as money is sovereign the way it is. And the press is covering the story of their raising money, not what they’re saying, and the stations out there are waiting --
AMY GOODMAN: Covering up the story.
BILL MOYERS: Covering up the story, yeah. I mean, this -- I would like to be nice about it. I would like to be diplomatic about it. But the fact of the matter is there’s a cancer eating at the heart of democracy, and it’s money in politics. If free speech means you have to buy it, then only those who can afford it have free speech. And that’s contemptible."
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Moyers: Democracy has become a racket
Bill Moyers was AmyGoodman:
Posted by lukery at 4/26/2007 11:07:00 AM