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Katrina vanden Heuvel: Why I Care About Citizens United

Monday, October 22, 2012 By Laura Flanders, GRITtv | Video
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The Supreme Court decision in Citizens United vs. FEC continues to be hugely unpopular. A poll taken again this year showed Americans opposed unlimited campaign spending by corporations or unions by a margin of 2:1.

Still, our servile media don't come close to expressing how deeply people feel about money in politics. Perhaps that's because the profit-driven media who cover the race feed at the same corporate trough as the candidates.

To fill the gap, we've cut a series of short interviews with pro-democracy activists in which they talk not just about what's wrong, but why Citizens United moves them to act. Here, the Nation's Katrina vanden Heuvel talks about what she learned from her father and how independent media can help build democracy. Check out the whole series and feel free to share, record your own, comment. These interviews were originally recorded in the spring of 2011 by GRITtv for Free Speech For People.

This piece was reprinted by Truthout with permission or license. It may not be reproduced in any form without permission or license from the source.

Laura Flanders

Best-selling author and broadcaster, Laura Flanders interviews forward thinking people from the worlds of politics, business, culture and social movements on her internationally syndicated TV program, "The Laura Flanders Show." It airs weekly on KCET/LinkTV, FreeSpeech TV, and in English and Spanish in teleSUR. Flanders is also a contributing writer to The Nation and YES! Magazine ("Commonomics") and a regular guest on MSNBC. She is the author of six books, including The New York Times best-seller, BUSHWOMEN: Tales of a Cynical Species (Verso, 2004) and Blue GRIT: True Democrats Take Back Politics from the Politicians (Penguin Press, 2007). "The Laura Flanders Show" first aired on Air America Radio from 2004 to 2008. Follow her on Twitter: @GRITlaura.


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Katrina vanden Heuvel: Why I Care About Citizens United

Monday, October 22, 2012 By Laura Flanders, GRITtv | Video
  • font size decrease font size decrease font size increase font size increase font size
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Media

The Supreme Court decision in Citizens United vs. FEC continues to be hugely unpopular. A poll taken again this year showed Americans opposed unlimited campaign spending by corporations or unions by a margin of 2:1.

Still, our servile media don't come close to expressing how deeply people feel about money in politics. Perhaps that's because the profit-driven media who cover the race feed at the same corporate trough as the candidates.

To fill the gap, we've cut a series of short interviews with pro-democracy activists in which they talk not just about what's wrong, but why Citizens United moves them to act. Here, the Nation's Katrina vanden Heuvel talks about what she learned from her father and how independent media can help build democracy. Check out the whole series and feel free to share, record your own, comment. These interviews were originally recorded in the spring of 2011 by GRITtv for Free Speech For People.

This piece was reprinted by Truthout with permission or license. It may not be reproduced in any form without permission or license from the source.

Laura Flanders

Best-selling author and broadcaster, Laura Flanders interviews forward thinking people from the worlds of politics, business, culture and social movements on her internationally syndicated TV program, "The Laura Flanders Show." It airs weekly on KCET/LinkTV, FreeSpeech TV, and in English and Spanish in teleSUR. Flanders is also a contributing writer to The Nation and YES! Magazine ("Commonomics") and a regular guest on MSNBC. She is the author of six books, including The New York Times best-seller, BUSHWOMEN: Tales of a Cynical Species (Verso, 2004) and Blue GRIT: True Democrats Take Back Politics from the Politicians (Penguin Press, 2007). "The Laura Flanders Show" first aired on Air America Radio from 2004 to 2008. Follow her on Twitter: @GRITlaura.


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