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.

-Robert Waterman McChesney
Robert Waterman McChesney

So the competition isn't once you got the license, running the station; it's getting the license.

Robert Waterman McChesney
The relationship between the media owner, their relationship isn't strictly with people and audiences. It's also with advertisers, and that's the most relationship in radio; in fact it pays the bills.
Robert Waterman McChesney

The notion that journalism can regularly produce a product that violates the fundamental interests of media owners and advertisers ... is absurd.

Robert Waterman McChesney
The number one lobby that opposes campaign finance reform in the United States is the National Association of Broadcasters.
Robert Waterman McChesney

There is no real answer (to the U.S. economic crisis) but to remove brick by brick the capitalist system itself, rebuilding the entire society on socialist principles.

Robert Waterman McChesney
In many respects, we now live in a society that is only formally democratic, as the great mass of citizens have minimal say on the major public issues of the day, and such issues are scarcely debated at all in any meaningful sense in the electoral arena. In our society, corporations and the wealthy enjoy a power every bit as immense as that assumed to have been enjoyed by the lords and royalty of feudal times.
Robert Waterman McChesney

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.

Robert Waterman McChesney
The public gets not one penny from them in return for those airwaves.
Robert Waterman McChesney

Copyright protects corporate monopoly rights over culture and provides much of the profits to media conglomeratesm encouraging the wholesale privatization of our common culture.

Robert Waterman McChesney
What I've found is that there is a tremendous interest in these issues, across the political spectrum, sort of left-right terms we used to describe people don't really hold here exactly.