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Dollarocracy by Robert McChesney, John Nichols

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JOURNALISM EXITS, STAGE RIGHT

All the so-called communications industries are primarily concerned not with communications, but with selling.

I. F. STONE, 1963

Few voters in the United States saw more television political advertisements in 2012 than those living in Nevada, a presidential “battleground” state that was also hosting a competitive U.S. Senate race and competition for an open U.S. House seat and dozens of state and local offices.1 And if candidates, their supporters, and the “independent” super-PACs that advertised in their favor wanted to reach voters in Nevada, they had to buy time on Las Vegas television stations. Lots of it. As the election approached, Las Vegas television stations aired more than 600 ads a day—yes, more than ...

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