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The media and the crisis of democracy in the age of Bush-2

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In this study, I demonstrate the consequences of the triumph of neoliberalism and media deregulation for democracy. I argue that the tremendous concentration of power in the hands of corporate groups who control powerful media conglomerates has intensified a crisis of democracy in the United States and elsewhere. Providing case studies of how mainstream media in the United States have become tools of conservative and corporate interests since the 1980s, I discuss how the corporate media helped forge a conservative hegemony, failed to address key social problems, and promoted the candidacy of George W. Bush in the 2000 US presidential election.

Keywords: Afghanistan; Election 2000; George W. Bush; Gulf War; Media and Democracy; Political Economy; Public Sphere

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: March 1, 2004


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