We are failing to govern ourselves. The concept of American democracy has been driven from the field by the public relations industry.
Today we consume far beyond our means, are governed by the exploitation of our fears, and are denied the civic participation decreed by our Constitution.
…it was the Reagan Administration that delivered the most significant blow to our capacity to communicate with one another and thereby govern ourselves. The public relations cadre around the President lead by Michael Deaver and Charles Wick forced the abandonment of the FCC’s Fairness Doctrine. The constraints on propaganda in the public media evaporated as did journalism’s capacity to speak truth to power.