'Citizens Inundated' documents how the media profits from elections, even as news coverage shrinks
On Thursday, Free Press released Citizens Inundated, a report that follows the money trail from big-spending political donors to the bank accounts of the nation's largest broadcast companies.
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As big money corrupts and breaks the soul of our democratic process, it is also corrupting the commercial press which brings us the ads as well as the news -- and implicit conflict of interest that needs to be addressed if there is to be a reason to trust the news.
“It’s a corrupt process that enriches media execs while leaving voters awash in misinformation,” says Timothy Karr, Free Press senior director of strategy and author of the report. “As a result of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, the wealthiest 1 percent now have unchecked power to pick and choose our nation’s leaders. And they’re spending the bulk of this money on the sort of political attack ads that misinform the viewing and voting public.”