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Friday, March 1, 1996

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  • Jim Hightower’s Speech from the Opening Plenary of the Media and Democracy Congress

    Jim Hightower discusses the need for a powerful and connected independent media, citing three factors that are reason for hope. First, an open class war has been declared by the rich and powerful against the rest of the country, providing fertile ground for organizing. Second, the demand for independent media voices is great. Third, the emergence of Ross Perot and Pat Buchanan indicate interesting times in which progressive and populist voices flourish.

  • Susan Faludi’s Speech from the Opening Plenary of  
    the Media and Democracy Congress

    A brief excerpt from Susan Faludi’s speech suggests that journalists themselves must take some of the blame for the "Disneyfication" of the media due to their eschewing of investigative reporting and social justice stories for entertainment news.

  • Juan Gonzalez from the Opening of the Media and Democracy Congress

    Juan González addresses the challenge of being a radical journalist at a conservative paper, the New York Daily News. He argues that journalists are in a position to control reality, and must recognize themselves as media workers with a special strategic location in the U.S. workplace. He references excessive coverage of the O.J. Simpson trial in opposition to media silence regarding a New York City superintendents’ strike involving 35,000 workers.

  • Money and Politics

    Charles Lewis discusses "Under the Influence," a CPI report on advisers to the presidential candidates. He starts with Larry Pratt, an adviser to Pat Buchanan who also worked with white supremacist and hate groups. Bill Clinton’s association with Dick Morris and Steve Forbes’s association with Tom Ellis are also discussed. Lewis also addresses campaign finance with special attention on Clinton’s ties to Goldman Sachs, Bob Dole’s ties to Archer-Daniels-Midland, and the AFL-CIO’s strategy of giving money to Democrats with only marginal results.