When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled five-to-four that political spending is free speech, it opened the flood gates. Political action committees can advertise anything they want about any candidate or issue. And they can buy a lot of ads … a lot of ads!
Presidential candidates and PACs have already spent tens of millions in primary states. We have a primary coming up in Kansas, and we will soon enter the campaign season for local and state offices.
Prepare yourself. I have a feeling you’re going to get real tired of hearing those spots on the radio and seeing them on T-V. The Supreme Court says you have a right to hear them … or change channels if you find them too annoying.
We live in a mass media world. Each of us can access enormous amounts of information all day and night … choosing which topics interest us … and possibly missing public discussions of important issues. Each of us is now a news editor.
The flood gates are open. Good luck!
Our thought for today is from George Bernard Shaw:
“Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.”