Over and over progressives are confronted with a lack of response from our legislators. Sure we can blame the duopoly (for good reason) but that is casting blame from the top down. Meanwhile at the bottom looking up, the duopoly is beyond the reach of our voices. The politicians know we are there but they solve that problem by paying lip service to our concerns.
What actually lies in between the oligarchy at the top and the people down below those most rarified heights? The Press is what!
The corporate coup makes its commands known through the Press. Apparently the Wall Street Journal’s editorial pages rule the country in substance if not name or so it would seem! The duopoly talks to us through sound bites given to the Press and in return listens to the Press tell them whether we are going to be for or against some issue. At times events like a protest march or vocally intense opposition from some group whether LGBTs or Women’s Rights etc will slip through the Press running interference or blocking contact with the politicians which always makes them stumble as both Press and politicians rely on the premeditated scripted sound bite. If a politician notices (or admits that they do) that their constituents are on the other side on an issue, it screws up the whole script and forces the politician to wing it on the fly and speak in ad libs. Big trouble usually results whenever a politician has to speak off the cuff or rather ‘off script’.
The truth is becoming very plain that it is our Press which creates the conservative America beloved by billionaires and corporate coup Oligarchs and paid homage to by our elected representatives. The Press in this day and age is standing in the way of participatory democracy. They tell us what they want us to believe! Meanwhile as yet to r most people, the idea that the editorial Press is not on our side still confuses them.
Progressives should focus more on the mainstream press’s coverage or lack thereof on issues. It isn’t the politicians or the oligarchy that greases the wheels of the conservative agenda. It is the conservative mainstream Press that does all that dirty work.
They tell us what they want us to believe.