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

-Robert Waterman McChesney
Robert Waterman McChesney

The Internet, too, has strong attributes of a public good, and has undermined the “private good†attributes of old media. Internet service providers obviously can exclude people, but the actual content -the values, the ideas- can be shared with no loss of value for the consumer. It is also extremely inexpensive and easy to share material. Sharing is built into the culture and practices of the Web and has made it difficult for the subscription model to be effective.

Robert Waterman McChesney
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.
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 public gets not one penny from them in return for those airwaves.
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
The problem of how to make the Internet advertising friendly bewildered and obsessed Madison Avenue for much of the 1990s. Advertising won.
Robert Waterman McChesney

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.

Robert Waterman McChesney
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.
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
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.