Free Speech for Sale (1999)

The growing influence of 'big money' and 'big media' in American political life.


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Credited cast:
Dean Alger Dean Alger ... Himself - Author Megamedia
Jeff Chester Jeff Chester ... Himself - Center for Media Education
Bill Clinton ... Himself - President (archive footage)
Bob Dole ... Himself - Senator, (R) Kansas (archive footage)
Steven Goldstone Steven Goldstone ... Himself - RJR Nabisco (archive footage)
Kathleen Hall Jamieson Kathleen Hall Jamieson ... Herself - Annenberg School for Communication
Bob Hall Bob Hall ... Himself - Democracy South
Gene Kimmelman Gene Kimmelman ... Himself - Consumers Union
Charles Lewis Charles Lewis ... Himself - Center for Public Integrity
John McCain ... Himself - Senator, (R) Arizona
Bill Moyers ... Himself - Host
Matthew Myers Matthew Myers ... Himself - Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
Burt Neuborne Burt Neuborne ... Himself - Brennan Center for Justice
Cindy Watson Cindy Watson ... Herself - North Carolina State Representative


This documentary examines two disturbing trends in modern American politics: the growing influence of corporate money in political discourse, and the merging of media companies into larger and more powerful conglomerates. In American law, corporations have the same free-speech rights as individuals--in that respect, corporations are 'persons'. But corporations have an inherent advantage over the average citizen: they have much more wealth at their disposal. Thus, corporations are able to buy much more media (especially TV and radio) time to get their message across to the public, dominating the political debate. Also, media corporations have been merging into fewer (and larger) entities which are better able to control the flow of information to the public. Because of their size and power, they can prevent unfavorable coverage of their activities in the media outlets they own. Written by yortsnave

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