Our existing media system today is the direct result of government laws and subsidies that created it.

-Robert Waterman McChesney
Robert Waterman McChesney

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?

Robert Waterman McChesney
In the United States, both the upper levels of the Republican and Democratic Parties are in the pay of the corporate media and communication giants.
Robert Waterman McChesney

Advertising is the voice of capital. We need to do whatever we can to limit capitalist propaganda, regulate it, minimize it, and perhaps even eliminate it. The fight against hyper-commercialism becomes especially pronounced in the era of digital communications.

Robert Waterman McChesney
Which is supposed to mean they're doing something in their broadcasting they would not do is they were simply out to maximize profit; if they were really public service institutions, not purely profit maximizing institutions.
Robert Waterman McChesney

If the Internet is worth its salt, it has to help arrest the forces that promote inequality, monopoly, hypercommercialism, corruption, depoliticization and stagnation.

Robert Waterman McChesney
Local television news, on both radio and television, is so appalling. Makes print journalism look like the greatest stuff ever written.
Robert Waterman McChesney

As the mainstream media has become increasingly dependent on advertising revenues for support, it has become an anti-democratic force in society.

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

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.

Robert Waterman McChesney
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.