Thousands of Democracyspring.org activists have gathered on the steps of the US Capitol to protest the influence of money in politics and bring awareness to the corruption big money creates.
While Democracy Spring activists have been involved in a non violent sit-in since April 11 mainstream corporate media has been silent on the issue. With reports of over 700 arrests and what some are claiming to be the largest for non-violent protest in Washington D.C. history some are questioning if the media will spend more than 30 seconds covering the story.
According to TheIntercept.com MSNBC spent 12 seconds covering the story, Fox News spend a little longer totaling 17 seconds and CNN decided not to cover the story.
MSNBC and Fox News not only provided minimal coverage, but hosts on both networks misrepresented the protests, claiming they were narrowly focused only on “voting rights issues.” The focus on systemic political corruption, an issue that was widely criticized during the rally yesterday, was ignored.
Later in the day, CNN posted a short item on its website. The protests were widely covered by CSPAN, Al Jazeera, and NPR, among other outlets. But cable news programs, which specialize in American political news, were another story.
On the first day alone there were more than 400 arrests with reports of jails running out of space.
…today our democracy is in crisis. American elections are dominated by billionaires and big money interests who can spend unlimited sums of money on political campaigns to protect their special interests at the general expense. Meanwhile, as the super-rich dominate the “money primary” that decides who can run for office, almost half of the states in the union have passed new laws that disenfranchise everyday voters, especially people of color and the poor. – DemocracySpring.org