Nor is this problem of POWER--as per the control of information and what gets codified AS "the news"--limited to the U.S.
David Miranda's article today explains how the media--owned by rich 1% interests in Brazil--has set the case against Dilma. Chavez had the same problem in Venezuela.
When elites control what passes for the national discourse, it's incredibly difficult for busy people to learn what's going on or discern Truth from its formulated proxies.
The media belongs to the public! And since broadcast companies make a fortune RENTING us the air waves (for cell phones, Internet, and Cable TV)... they should be obliged to make air time FREE and available to all potentially viable candidates.
If that were the case, candidates would not be forced into quid pro quo arrangements with entities like ALEC and the Koch brothers. The Public Interest and the prospects for a genuine Democracy would then make headway.