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How Billionaires, Corporations and Secretive Governments Curtail Press Freedom


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How Billionaires, Corporations and Secretive Governments Curtail Press Freedom

Katrina vanden Heuvel

James Madison once wrote, “A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both.” Nearly two centuries later, the tragic farce that is Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is making a mockery of the right to public information and freedom of the press.


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Thank you CD. Thank you CD. Thank you CD.
How I love being able to access information and friends who challenge it!


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As long as our news media is profit driven, we will have propaganda not news.


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Slathered with Bernays' sauce, no doubt...


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"Trump’s dangerous attacks on the press, however, go beyond his name-calling and childish tantrums." Wouldn't it be nice is someone besides Trump was calling out our so called free press?

The media and FCC needs to be held accountable as our lamestreet media which includes Washington Post and New York Times and ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN et al are all owned by the billionaire class who profits drives decisions. Huffington Post so called liberal new bias has become one of them. The Nation? We all know who owns Fox so called news.

How many people control our public airwaves and our thoughts. Fox news is the chosen stations of waiting rooms across the country. We the people


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When you want to do things in private you own the press. The corporate owners need to control the press to continue the theft of our country.
Thank God for alternate news sources. Common Dreams, Democracy Now, Truth-out.org and truth-dig.org, USuncut, theintercept, and many more that do our country a huge service by keeping the information flowing. We have to protect the internet with everything we have. My horror will be if they start cutting off sites like these.


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Of equal importance to the free and accurate flow of information are those that post here in the forums each of them doing their own searches and investigating and bringing attention of that information to us all.

Many is the time the comments section provides more information than the article being commented on. This in and of itself is fundamentaly democratic.


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vanden Heuvel should have added that the next and most powerful threat to net neutrality is Obama's TPP and TTIP that will enable corporate tribunals to control the net neutrality debate (if we are lucky) and resolution.


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Washington Post executive editor Martin Baron described Trump's move as "...nothing less than a repudiation of the role of a free and independent press."

As evidenced by his own, well timed, free and independent "16 Negative Articles on Bernie Sanders in 16 hours."