#1196 Building a media that supports rather than undermines democracy

Air Date: 7–13-2018
Today we take a look at the media landscape and how it enables rather than challenges our horrific political status quo and we also hear suggested alternatives structures that could help us change the game

Episode Sponsors: Better HelpAmazon USAAmazon CAAmazon UK

Support Best of the Left on Patreon!



Ch. 1: Jeff Cohen on Cable News Hawks - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 3-30-18

As the US government ramped up for war in the wake of September 11, 2001, TV screens were filled with what seemed a parade of generals. Military men became the sources of first resort, over and indeed against regional experts, historians and peace advocates.

Ch. 2: Laura Flanders on media consolidation and its impact on our democracy - #BuildingLocalPower from @ilsr - Air Date 5-4-18

Laura Flanders discusses the consolidation of media companies and its impact on our democracy including the scale of the big problem with gatekeepers like Facebook and Google and media companies like Sinclair as an “extractive machine.”

Ch. 3: THE MIDTERMS MINUTE- Support Progressive Primary Candidates - Hawaii (8.11) & Minnesota (and WI, CT, & VT) (8.14) - Best of the Left Activism

*Scroll down for the segment info, dates and links. Or click above for the full blog post.*

Ch. 4: Sarah Kendzior on how the media enables Donald Trump - Unpresidented (@UnPresidentPod) - Air Date 5-24-18

Author Sarah Kendzior (“The View from Flyover Country”) talks about how the media continues to enable Donald Trump, and how they/we can more effectively confront the Trump “kleptocracy.”

Ch. 5: Marc Cooper on media and democracy - Jacobin Radio (@jacobinmag) - Air Date 12-19-17

Journalist Marc Cooper looks at media delivery in the present digital era of democratized information that has introduced new potential as well as new dangers.

Ch. 6: Laura Flanders on building the next system of media - @TheNextSystem ‏Project - Air Date 10-18-17

Laura Flanders discusses her latest paper for the Next System Project on the “urgent necessity” of Next System Media including criticisms of for-profit media and some suggested alternatives.



Ch. 7: What the math on the cost of health insurance for insurance companies? - Kyle from Portland


Ch. 8: Final comments on private health insurance vs government-run insurance and the perverse incentive for private insurers to want medical costs to go ever-higher



Check on candidates endorsed by Justice Democrats | Brand New Congress | DSA | Latino Victory | Our Revolution

Check your state registration deadlines and voter ID laws with rockthevote.org

For an easy way to donate to candidates, check out DownTicket.com on your mobile browser.

August 11th Primary:

Hawaii (Reg. Deadlines - Primaries: Online: July 12th, In person: Until August 11th / General: Oct. 9th)

U.S. House - 1st District: Kaniela Ing 

U.S. House - 2nd District: Tulsi Gabbard (Incumbent)

August 14th Primaries:

Minnesota (Reg. Deadlines - Primaries: Online: July 24th, In person: Until August 14th / General: Oct. 9th)

U.S. House - 5th District: Ilhan Omar 

U.S. House - 8th District: Michelle Lee 

U.S. Senate (Dem. Primary for Nov. Special Election) - Tina Smith 

Governor (Dem. Primary) - Erin Murphy 

Due to time, the following states will be featured in depth on a future episode:

Wisconsin (Reg. Deadlines - Primaries: Post-marked by July 25th, In person Aug. 10th / General: Post-marked by Oct 17th, In-person: Nov. 2nd)

Connecticut (Reg. Deadlines - Primaries: Online & mail-in: Received by Aug. 9th / General: Oct. 30th)

Vermont  (Reg. Deadlines - Primaries: Aug. 14th / General: Nov. 6th)

Correction: South Dakota was originally listed in the segment, but 8/14 is actually the runoff date. There will not be runoffs. 

Researched & Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 




Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

Thanks for listening!

Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com

Support the show via Patreon

Listen on iTunes | StitcherSpotify | Alexa Devices | +more

Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores!

Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft

Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft

Contact me directly at [email protected]

Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

Sign up for activism updates