Hartmann: If a politician lies on corporate TV...did he really lie?
As long as the corporations running the networks like your politics - and as long as they depend on access to you to keep viewership up and ad revenue coming in - then you can waltz in anytime you want - spew as many lies as you want - and no "news" person will ever point it out. At most, a network may allow on a third-party "strategist" from the other side who will call out the lie. And we can't expect these campaigns to police themselves - and not lie - any more than we can expect big multinational corporations to give a damn about keeping jobs in America. The main way We The People can know the truth is through the gatekeepers known as the media - and without them - so much for having an informed electorate - one of the most important part of a healthy democracy. It's time to bring back news in the public interest. And time to promote REAL journalism - journalism that puts the facts over profits and access.