posted on Jul, 19 2015 @ 11:35 PM
a reply to: BuzzyWigs
I share your hope.
I'll freely admit to not following these early campaigns because I can't vote in any primary. However, I was really and truly shocked to learn that
there were Democrats running that I had honestly never seen/heard mentioned! I would have sworn that Hillary, Bernie and O'Malley were the only ones
in the race. I only knew of O'Malley from a thread I saw here on ATS I think. In the rare times I've been subjected to msm---in waiting rooms or
restaurants with tv---I've never even heard a mention of anyone but Hillary and Bernie. Same with the newspapers. I find it odd that in most of the
stories I see about the candidates, the only exposure given to any of the lesser-known candidates is a listing of their names as also being candidates
attending this or that event. Yet Hillary can't pass gas without making the front of Drudge! Did we hear one peep out of any of the other candidates
in reaction to Trump?
To me that says a lot about the money angles in the campaign. The biggest spenders with the media get the most air-time/column inches.
So considering the money, it would make sense that the Donald would get lots of exposure because he's got tons of money to do with as he pleases.
While these companies may banish him from their above-the-fold coverage, I'll just bet they don't refuse to take his money when he buys advertising
Therein lies the inherent conflict-of-interest in the free press. Especially when the free press is corporately owned and dominated by six
For those and many other reasons, I'd really like to see campaign reform enacted to limit the time that any candidate can buy media time/space to 60
days prior to the election. That move alone would cut down the cost of these crazy, constant campaigns down significantly.
Sorry to drift so far off topic. Again, I share your hope that people will wake up but I don't see a good chance of that if we continue to do the
same crazy stuff every four years in allowing the media to decide who will lead us. A media that is dependent on the money made from advertising by
political campaigns and BigPharma/BigAg/Petrochemical complex.