Robert McChesney is Gutgsell Endowed Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois. He hosts the program Media Matters on WILL-AM every Sunday afternoon from 1-2pm central time. He and John Nichols, The Nation's Washington correspondent, are the founders of Free Press, the media reform network, and the authors of Tragedy and Farce: How the American Media Sell Wars, Spin Elections, and Destroy Democracy (New Press) and The Death and Life of American Journalism (Nation Books). He has written sixteen books and his work has been translated into fifteen languages.
The collapse of journalism and the rise of commercialism is sparking a
reform movement that will fight to ensure the First Amendment endures
in the digital age.
Until the Bush Administration is held accountable by Congress for
its propaganda, manipulation of the truth and assaults on journalism,
freedom of the press will exist in name only.
Chastened by voter response to their earlier errors, many legislators push reform.
On the long list of resignations of Cabinet members, agency heads and political appointees that has accompanied the launch of the second Bush term, no member of the Administration's team left und
The public revolts against monopoly media.
Even as he condemned the 3-to-2 vote of the Federal Communications
Commission to allow media conglomerates to dramatically increase their
control over newspapers and radio and television statio
John Nichols and Robert W.
McChesney are founders of the media-reform
network Free Press, one of the groups named in this article.
Suddenly, there are serious discussions about the danger of monopoly power.
The Federal Communications Commission is presently conducting an inquiry--a "rulemaking"--to determine whether to relax, or even to eliminate, the remaining few regulations that limit how many me
Getting serious about media reform: at a standstill now, the media reform movement's time has come.