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
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
So the competition isn't once you got the license, running the station; it's getting the license.
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
Any serious effort to reform the media system would have to necessarily be part of a revolutionary program to overthrow the capitalist system itself.
Robert Waterman McChesney

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.

Robert Waterman McChesney
So that what you tend to see is someone like a Rush Limbaugh, he's the classic case because he's the most successful, he didn't sort of like come out of his mother's womb with the highest ratings in the country.
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.

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

The range of debate between the dominant U.S. [political] parties tends to closely resemble the range of debate within the business class.

Robert Waterman McChesney
But having said that, what's happening with campaign finance reform and our political culture is devastating.