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Old 09-17-2012, 01:02 PM   #92
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There are huge differences. And you're still not defending Citizens United's ability to benefit the masses, which it clearly doesn't. You're making the same arguments that gun advocates make: other things are just as bad!
No, you misunderstand me. My defense of both Citizens United and a free news media is that free speech is far more important than any negative aspects of the exercise thereof. I'm only using the "just as bad" argument to illustrate your hypocrisy when it comes to your tolerance of disproportionate advocacy.

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The media is driven by a ton of factors that largely dilute its ability to be a straight advocacy machine. Its reliance on an audience, its multi-faceted purposes, the fact that it's a multi-voiced machine rather than a laser-focused point of attack machine. And the biggest media outlets have been robbed of much of their moxie by the Internet's grassroots ability.

The 1% money machine, however, is beholden to nobody, does not have the air of credibility it must sustain that the media largely does, and can be single-minded in ways virtually no media outlet can dream of being.
I'd support a reform that allowed individuals to give directly to candidates in any amount that they want. Nothing could be more fair and non-partisan than that.
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