Is the American Political system broken?

Question: How do we fix the American political system?

 

Robert Thurman: The single most important thing that we could overcome would be, undo the damage Reagan did to the media, by abolishing the Fairness Doctrine, and by abolishing the regulations of the Federal Communications Commission, that prevented people from – people like Rupert Murdoch from monopolizing many many media outlets, so that CNN, Time Warner, the large percentage owned by the Mormons the, the ABC Disney, CBS, and Viacom, few giants own all the media and then they just make it a propaganda tool, and the, Mussolini defined Fascism as the union of the corporations and the government, and the government allowing corporations to gain control of the information media.

The media should be the vehicle of education and reeducation of the population, of the free country, and they should be where people see them misdoings of the people, they learn what the inefficiency of this in – they – they realize that this and other kind of things shouldn’t happen, and when medias presenting the propaganda rather than true information, it then puts people into a state of defeat, and so the most important thing would be to open up our eyes, and restore the sources of free information.

 

Recorded on: June 1, 2007

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