Bernie Sanders speaking at the National Conference for Media Reform.
Sen. Bernie Sanders: If You Are Concerned About Health Care, Iraq, the Economy, Global Warming You Must Be Concerned About Corporate Control of the Media
Monday, January 22nd, 2007http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/01/22/1455248
Tomorrow night President Bush will give his seventh State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress. Last weekend, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders gave what could be described as an alternate State of the Union before thousands gathered in Memphis, Tennessee at the third National Conference for Media Reform. [includes rush transcript]
Sanders is an Independent who was elected to the Senate in November of 2006. He is the country's first self-described socialist to be elected to the U.S. Senate.
Before becoming Senator, Bernie Sanders served in the House of Representatives for 15 years where he was the longest-serving Independent in modern history.
- Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
AMY GOODMAN: This is Bernie Sanders speaking at the National Conference for Media Reform.
SEN. BERNIE SANDERS: We have already taken a giant step forward in transforming our country, because what we have done -- and the size of this conference indicates our success -- we have begun the long road to make media a major political issue in America. And more and more, in campaigns and in non-campaigns, when people who are running for office go before the public and, as been mentioned, when they talk about healthcare or the environment or the dozens of other important issues, somebody in the front of the room is going to raise their hand and say, “Well, what do you think about corporate control over the media? What are you going to do about that?” So, to the degree that we have already raised consciousness on this issue, we should be very proud. But, obviously, we know that we still have a very, very long way to go.