Brainwashing American Democracy

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Brainwashing American Democracy

"United States Policies in Columbia Support Mass Murder." "NAFTA Destroys Farming Communities in U.S. and Abroad." "Horses Face Lives of Unnecessary Abuse for Drug Company Profits." These are a couple of titles from the Project Censored book "Censored 2003: Top 25 Censored Stories of 2001-2002."

Some people consider the American population to be the most ignorant and worst informed population in the world. Every year, hundreds of often very important news stories are not covered and censored in the main media in the United States. The majority of the American population gets its information from newspapers, magazines and channels that are overwhelming them with advertisements, propaganda and changed or censored stories. The mainstream media is brainwashing American democracy.

In a democracy, the supreme power is held by the people. The United States Constitution is the foundation of the American democracy, with the First Amendment as its most essential element.

The First Amendment says that people have the right to speak freely without government interference and also gives the press the right to publish news, information and opinions without government interference.

Unfortunately, it is mostly not the government interfering with speech and press in the U.S.A., it is big business. Almost all media that reaches a large audience in the U.S.A. are owned by for-profit corporations. These corporations are obligated by capitalism to put the profits of their investors ahead of all other considerations. Most of the time these corporations have holdings in many other industries. That is why businesses like ----- might have great interests in manipulating, censoring and not publishing certain news.

Today, the American media industry is almost entirely owned by ten large corporations. The trend is toward even fewer corporate owners, because the biggest corporations absorb their smaller rivals. A future total monopoly...