From the article:
"The dysfunction of Washington involves the failure of major media to examine the gritty politics of issues that truly matter to citizens. Political reporters typically find these subjects boring, and reporters who cover the candidates and campaign usually don’t know that much about how government really works."
Mr. Greider is either naïve or playing Detective Columbo.
Mass media doesn't cover the TRUE agenda on anything!
What story did it posit in the place of holding the big banks cum Wall St. speculators accountable for the financial crash of 2008? That it was Acorn and poor homeowners of color who couldn't afford their mortgages.
What story did it prop up to push a war of aggression against nations that had nothing to do with 911 (and that's not even getting to the False Flag essence of this crime against humanity)? It demonized Saddam Hussein.
What story has it now pushed in lieu of an honest depiction of NATO's aims in Ukraine... that of framing Putin as The Aggressor?
How much has been discussed about global warming or advising people to scale back on their driving, energy use and overall consumerism?
The media is bought and paid for, and those who own it determine content. This runs parallel to the new ownership model (thanks in part to the Supreme Court's egregious anti-Democratic decision falsely named, "Citizens United") of politics, itself. The highest campaign donors get their boys and girls to enact their will into law.
Citizens have virtually no control over, or input into either avenue. Media and elections are controlled... both exist to give the illusion that a Democratic society is still in place. This is called Inverted Totalitarianism, explained at length by Sheldon Wollin and something a writer of Greider's caliber ought to know!
IF media were operating as the 4th estate and doing its intended job in the way of honestly informing citizens, then discussion might better go to raising the Social Security cap that was set at $108,000 when that amount was the equivalent of a million dollars today.
The Republicans always go after the lowest hanging fruit. They differ from predatory serial killers only by degree since after all, the policies they froth at the mouth to advance (like dogs awaiting a pat from their rich owners) destroy lives, health, and the well-being of millions of persons.
In a sane society, sociopaths like Chris Christie, Scott Walker, Rick Scott and others would not be let NEAR a school ground or public office. They are THAT dangerous!