Following The Money: Political Dialogue Is Not For the 47%

RMV writes:
This past Wednesday the third of three celebrated Republican debates occurred.What most folks don’t realize (the well to do half of our nation) is that it was broadcast on a CNBC available only to those prosperous enough to receive their television via cable or dish.It was not broadcast on ordinary television. The regular NBC network chose not to broadcast the debate. It was unavailable to most Americans who for three generations have received their TV via “PUBLIC TELEVISION”.We hear that the “left” is fomenting class war,that income and class don’t matter.Well last time I paid my cable bill,it ran $200 /month.For how many ordinary American families,mom and dad both working to meet the costs of necessities is another $200/month an implausible luxury?Let’s remember as we rate the various Republican candidates,one against the other,in the name of democracy that half of our fellow Americans were denied the same privilege.Not a single public station,not even Public TV nor the local educational channels required by law stepped in to fill the breach. Accident ? Indifference? ‘Those folks wouldn’t care anyway”? Conspiracy? Too expensive? Write your own answer in the blank______!

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5 Comments

  1. It took me less than two minutes to find the complete debate on the internet. Anyone with internet access, AND INTEREST, can experience this contest of ideas. I think that it is the “interest” part, not the money element, that is the major obstacle to acquiring the needed wisdom.

    1. It would be great if I did.Idea exchange is the point.I thought you were agreeing with me but no matter we agree.You’ve found the way!Keep the ideas coming!

  2. The Republican “debate” is being mishandled by the media.Primarily it is because the debaters in avoiding substantive issues(except via sloganeering)invite the interviewers to “become the news”.Tax reform(not tithing),immigration reform,nuclear detente during a war on terrorism,debt ceiling reconceptualization etc. need serious thought and discussion.We have yet to see it or hear it.

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