Nationwide, some $8 billion was spent getting people elected this year, with most earmarked for television and radio ads, according to a CBS report on Nov. 5.
As someone who has been in broadcasting for 50 years, and has sold both TV and radio time for a living, I have benefitted from this practice.
But that doesn’t make it right; in fact, I find it obscene that the TV and radio stations reap windfall profits at election time.
Thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, we can all expect more of the same in the years to come — unless the public wakes up and realizes that their very destiny is determined by a very few people with enormous wealth and demands that changes are made to this systemic problem.
Question is, will we?