Robert McChesney Quotes


31 Robert McChesney quotes:



"As the mainstream media has become increasingly dependent on advertising revenues for support, it has become an anti-democratic force in society."
"The cost of congressional and presidential campaigns has been leaping every two or four years. I think this year it will be 60 percent more than 1996; well over twice as much as in 1992 in the presidential and congressional races."
"Also, the commercial media in a superior position, really, to any other corporate lobby, because where would people hear about commercial media or corporate media criticism, where would they hear criticism of them other than in the commercial media?"
"And they've got to be held accountable; our broadcasting system has to be made accountable; and unless it is, it's going to be very hard to change anything else for the better in this country."
"And understand that scarce spectrum is used today for example for cell phone operators, they have to pay for the airwaves they use, for their services."
"Basically what they're saying is, if you want to be on TV, if you want to be a credible candidate, you've got to buy ads. And if you're not buying ads, you're not a credible candidate, we don't cover you."
"Because Hightower's problem, among other things, is that advertisers would be a lot less interested in his show than in Limbaugh's, even if they have similar ratings, because of what Hightower is saying."
"Because what's going on now, and this applies mostly to television stations in the largest markets too, but TV stations basically are now the primary receivers of campaign spending."
"But having said that, there's also a sea change in attitude towards media."
"If you look at the history of broadcasting, what you find is the National Association of Broadcasters is a trade association whose mission is to protect the interests of the commercial broadcasters."
"If you're running for reelection in the House of Representatives race, you know, it's very important to you that you be on fairly good terms with the local affiliates in the largest market in your area. I mean you don't want to antagonize them."
"Local television news, on both radio and television, is so appalling. Makes print journalism look like the greatest stuff ever written."
"Maybe if you and ten of your friends could pool your savings and borrow some money and actually buy some obscure station in Sonoma, and then take some chances and have some fun."
"One side, profits go up, they own more and more, but the diversity, interest, creativity and quality of the programming goes way down."
"One survey that I saw that was published I think in Variety or Electronic Media within the last three weeks says that now the average hour of radio in the United States has 18 minutes of commercials."
"Our existing media system today is the direct result of government laws and subsidies that created it."
"So it's a much more difficult issue to organize around, because you can't get media at all to make your case. And that's where cases tend to be made politically."
"So the competition isn't once you got the license, running the station; it's getting the license."
"So the system we have in radio and television today is the direct result of government policies that have been made in our name, in the name of the people, on our behalf, but without our informed consent."
"The commercial broadcasters have tremendous influence in Washington, D.C., for a couple of reasons. First, they're extremely rich and they have lots of money and they have had for a long time, so they can give money to politicians, which gets their attention."



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