In late April of 2002, Vermont Congressman Bernie Sanders held 2
town meetings in Vermont to discuss the issue of the growing corporate
control over the US media -- and over 600 Vermonters showed up to
In June, Congressman
Sanders wrote an op-ed, published in Washington's The Hill
newspaper and widely circulated on the internet including by Common
Dreams, titled "Congress Can
No Longer Ignore Corporate Control of the Media."
July 11, an overflow crowd came to the US Capitol for Bernie Sanders'
Symposium on Corporate Control of the Media with
US Rep. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Robert McChesney, author of "Rich
Media, Poor Democracy," John Nichols, co-author of "It's
the Media, Stupid" and The Nation magazine's Washington
correspondent and Linda Foley, president of the Newspaper Guild.
Thanks to Congressman
Sanders you can hear an audio tape of the symposium here on Common
Dreams. It's 1 hour and 27 minutes long (5.5 MB) and Real Player
is required to listen.
of our best-kept secrets is the degree to which a handful
of huge corporations control the flow of information in
the United States. Whether it is television, radio, newspapers,
magazines, books or the Internet, a few giant conglomerates
are determining what we see, hear and read. And the situation
is likely to become much worse as a result of radical deregulation
efforts by the Bush administration and some horrendous court
on 'Corporate Control of the Media' to be Webcast Nationally
No Longer Ignore Corporate Control of the Media
Articles by Robert McChesney on the Web
Articles by John Nichols at The Nation
Website of the Newspaper
Website of Rep.
Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
Website of Rep. Bernie
FAIR's Corporate Ownership website