Four in 10 African Americans have been personally impacted by gun-related violence and believe “there is a perception that the rest of the country doesn’t care about it.”
That’s what was written in a new study on gun violence being released Thursday.
A comprehensive study, “Engaging Communities in Reducing Gun Violence: A Road Map for Safer Communities,” will be released by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, the Urban Institute and the Joyce Foundation.
The comprehensive joint effort is an attempt to bring together communities, policymakers, scholars and other stakeholders to focus on strategies and solutions to confront gun violence. The debate around the issue is at times misdirected toward more sensational gun crimes rather than on efforts to listen to the people in communities disproportionately affected by the problem.
The Benenson Strategy Group conducted a total of 1,200 interviews by phone, dividing them between 600 African Americans and 600 Hispanics across the U.S., from Feb. 22-28, 2016. It’s particularly noteworthy that all respondents were registered voters likely to cast a ballot in the 2016 presidential election Nov. 8.
The focus of the effort around the study was to give those who are affected by gun violence an opportunity to connect with policymakers and to give continued attention to day-in-and-day-out gun violence that has a far-reaching impact. Media attention often focuses on mass shootings when statistics show that day-to-day violence has much more impact.
The report focuses on African Americans, who account for over 50 percent of the victims of gun homicide. It also points out that gun violence is the second-leading cause of death for Latino males between ages 15 and 34.
Not surprisingly, given what has been uncovered regarding stop-and-frisk data in large metropolitan cities, the polling data revealed that “more than half of African Americans and 1 in 3 Hispanics have had a negative interaction with law enforcement.”
The poll also revealed concerns related to interactions with police.
From the study: “There is a particularly strong concern around interactions between the police and young men of color; 82 percent of African Americans and 65 percent of Hispanics agree that they ‘frequently worry about interactions between the police and young men of color.’ ”
The report also found “that 8 in 10 African Americans and 2 in 3 Hispanics frequently worry about interactions between police and young men of color, even though most believe police make their communities safer.”
The Joint Center, led by George Washington University Law Professor Spencer Overton, convened more than 100 members in communities on the issue of gun violence that involved clergy, police, the formally incarcerated and elected officials. Those sessions included stops in Richmond, Va., Milwaukee and Stockton, Calif.
Overton, Joel Benenson of the Benenson Strategy Group, pollster Ron Lester of Lester and Associates, Sarah Rosen Wartell of the Urban Institute and Ellen Alberding of the Joyce Foundation will announce the study at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Thursday.
Lauren Victoria Burke is a Washington, D.C.-based political reporter who writes the Crew of 42 blog. She appears regularly on NewsOne Now with Roland Martin on TV One. Follow her on Twitter.
Connecticut propelled Republican Donald J. Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton closer to their parties’ presidential nominations Tuesday, with Trump winning a landslide and Clinton holding off a tenacious Bernie Sanders.
Trump won all five primaries Tuesday along I-95: Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. Clinton lost only Rhode Island. Connecticut was the last state placed in her column, a win declared around 10:30 p.m. by the Associated Press and most networks.
“I consider myself the presumptive nominee,” Trump said in televised remarks from New York City.
Rep. Tony D’Amelio, R-Waterbury, one of the few elected officials here to endorse Trump, said it was time for other Republican officials to shake off their reservations about the brash billionaire, who has belittled foes, demonized Muslims and undocumented immigrants, and accused GOP leaders of trying to rig what may yet be a contested convention in Cleveland.
“I think it’s time for the Republican Party to come together,” D’Amelio said. “He just swept the entire Northeast, Pennsylvania, Maryland and the rest of it. There is a strong movement in this country for Donald Trump. I think his message is resonating throughout the nation.”
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, a top Clinton supporter who now will begin work as co-chair of the Democratic platform committee, said the state’s voters made the right choice.
“Secretary Clinton is the right candidate to move our country forward and grow our economy from the middle out,” Malloy said. “As she has proved throughout her career, Hillary Clinton gets results, and I am proud to have endorsed her candidacy.”
Clinton tweeted a thank you to the state.
Sanders says he will continue to campaign.
“If you heard the boss on TV tonight, Senator Sanders made it clear – we’re going forward,” Paul Feeney, the director of his Connecticut campaign, told about three dozen supporters at a hotel in Meriden. “We knew in Connecticut that it was going to be a tough crowd for us. Closed primaries have been tough for this campaign.”
A spokesman for the Connecticut Democratic Party had no estimate Tuesday night of how the state’s 71 delegates would be apportioned. Clinton already had commitments from 15 of 16 superdelegates. The remaining 55 would be awarded based on the results statewide and in each of the five congressional districts.
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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump invites Rep. Tony D’Amelio, R-Waterbury, onto the stage with him at Crosby High School in Waterbury on Saturday.
The only question for Trump seemed to be whether he had shut out Ohio Gov. John Kasich, the second-place finisher, in the 4th Congressional District of Fairfield County. Connecticut is sending 28 delegates to the Republican convention in Cleveland, including three superdelegates.
“We’re going to go over the numbers in the morning, but it looks as though Trump won everything,” said J.R. Romano, the Republican state chairman.
Kasich’s state chairman congratulated Trump, but said the campaign would not concede the nomination.
“If Trump gets to 1,237, he has earned the nomination, but until that happens, I know that everyone is going to work their darndest to create an environment in which there is an open convention,” said state Sen. Tony Hwang of Fairfield, the state chairman of the Kasich campaign.
For a first-ballot victory, Trump needs 1,237 votes in Cleveland.
Clinton appears to need about 250 more delegates to reach the 2,383 necessary to win the nomination in Philadelphia.
Trump closed his campaign with boisterous rallies Saturday in Waterbury and Bridgeport, part of a four-day blitz that drew every candidate to Connecticut except Ted Cruz, the Texas senator.
Trump won 58 percent of the vote. Kasich, the choice of many Republican officials, finished second with about 28 percent, and Cruz of Texas was a distant third.
Clinton won about 52 percent of the Democratic vote.
Clinton had a 9 percentage point lead over Sanders in a Quinnipiac University poll a week ago and was backed by nearly every prominent Democrat, led by Malloy, Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman and the entire congressional delegation. A survey by Public Policy Polling showed Sanders, who drew an audience of 14,000 to the New Haven Green on Sunday, within two percentage points over the weekend.
Sanders looked to Connecticut and Rhode Island for wins that would bolster what began as a Quixotic campaign by a 74-year-old self-described Democratic socialist and became a surprisingly strong challenge to a former first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of state.
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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton poses for a picture with a supporter after her rally at the University of Bridgeport on Sunday.
He was declared the winner in Rhode Island after 9 p.m., his first and last bit of good news.
The cities, where Sanders generally has lagged in previous primaries, were slow to report, but New Haven’s Democratic chair, Vinnie Mauro, said he believed Clinton would comfortably win his city, despite a huge college population at Yale, Southern Connecticut State University and the University of New Haven. Clinton won the African American neighborhoods and ran slightly ahead in some Yale precincts, he said.
“Secretary Clinton really had a good turnout,” he said.
Clinton won 57 percent of the vote in New Haven, 70 percent in Hartford, 65 percent in Bridgeport and 64 percent in Stamford. Her margins were close in Waterbury, New Britain and Meriden. Sanders carried eastern Connecticut, including the college towns of Mansfield, Middletown and New London
CNN exit polling showed Clinton winning 69 percent of the black vote and 57 percent of the woman’s vote.
With an unlikely path to the nomination for Sanders, Clinton supporters here have been waiting for his surge to play out, letting the party begin to work to corral the new voters drawn by the Vermont senator’s call for Democrats to attack social, racial and economic injustice.
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Bernie Sanders had the biggest rally in Connecticut, but still lost.
“It’s never easy, but I think it will be a lot easier in the Democratic Party than it will be in the Republican Party this year,” Malloy said after voting earlier Tuesday. “I think that’s very clear. You can almost see the Sanders folks and the Clinton folks take a bit of a turn to get ready.”
EMILY’s List, the influential group that backs Democratic women who support abortion rights, immediately sent an email directed at Connecticut voters, calling Clinton’s victory in the state “a victory for women across the nation.”
U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy reached out to Sanders.
“Bernie is a good friend and he ran a strong race, and I know he’ll do what it takes to ensure Democrats keep the White House,” he said.
Speaking in Philadelphia, Clinton took care to compliment Sanders and his supporters.
“I applaud Sen. Sanders and his millions of supporters for challenging us to get unaccountable money out of our politics and giving greater emphasis to closing the gap of inequality,” she said. “And I know together we will get that done. Whether you support Sen. Sanders or you support me, there is much more that unites us than divides us.”
The Working Families Party, the labor offshoot that endorsed Sanders, was not ready to let go of Sanders’ issues, even if his candidacy dimmed considerably.
“This isn’t over. Every vote and every delegate for Bernie Sanders is a declaration of support for big progressive ideas, and a peaceful political revolution that will change this country in the coming years,” said Dan Kantor, the national director. “We need a fair economy and a real democracy, and the fact that so many people across the country, especially young people, share this view is cause for great optimism.
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Republican presidential candidate John Kasich speaks at Glastonbury High School Friday with his traveling national debt clock running behind him.
Clinton was declared the early winner Tuesday in Maryland and Delaware, the first of what Malloy hoped would be a number of wins placing her on the verge of becoming the first woman to win a presidential nomination in the U.S.
“After today, she will be well over 2,000 delegates and really within a hair’s breath of the actual nomination, which will come in the not-too distant future,” Malloy said.
The Republican primary was no contest. Trump led in every public poll in Connecticut, and exit polling indicated he would end the evening with about 60 percent of the vote.
After the polls closed, his campaign was unsure only of results in the 4th Congressional District of Fairfield County, where Kasich won three of the district’s 17 communities, Darien, New Canaan and Westport and .
“We clearly won the other four districts. The likelihood is if he maintains his percentage statewide, it would be hard to lose the 4th District,” said Ben Proto, who is working for Trump in Connecticut.
Proto echoed D’Amelio and suggested it was time for the GOP’s elected officials to join the campaign – or risk being out of sync with their constituents.
“They are going to have to take a real hard look at this and take a look at their towns,” Proto said.
Aside from Trump’s strong showing, Proto said the campaign fielded reports all day of other voters who turned up at the polls to vote for him, only to be told they were ineligible in Connecticut’s closed primary as unaffiliated or Democratic voters.
Over the weekend in Connecticut, Trump mocked the idea of toning down his rhetoric and trying to act more presidential. On Tuesday night, he was respectful to Cruz, but his final message before exiting was to denigrate Clinton as a candidate whose only asset was gender.
“I think the only card she has is the women’s card. She’s got nothing else going. Frankly, if Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she’d get five percent of the vote,” Trump said. “The only thing she’s got going is the woman’s card, and the beautiful thing is, women don’t like her, OK?”
Some Connecticut Republican legislators still were cool to their front runner after his victory and clung to the shrinking hope of an open convention.
“Neutral and silent” is how Rep. Livvy Floren of Greenwich, where Trump beat Kasich, 48 percent to 41 percent, described most of her fellow Republicans in the General Assembly. “Neutral and silent is how we’ll remain until the end.”
KILLINGWORTH — The Connecticut Affiliate of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America is holding their 10th annual Team Hope Walk at Chatfield Hollow State Park in Killingworth.
The Team Hope Walk program is HDSA’s largest grassroots event set for May 15, and will be held on over 100 cities across the country.
All proceeds support HDSA’s fight to improve the lives of people affected by HD and their families. We thank National sponsors Lundbeck and Teva Pharmaceuticals and local sponsors, Oak & Velvet, Backus Hospital, Suzio York-Hill, Tatas Family Restaurant, HDHat, The Mark, Devine Brothers, Kindred Healthcare at Laurel Lakes, The Lloyd Family and the Nixon Family. We also thank Kohl’s Cares Associates in Action for volunteering to help the day of the walk.
Registration will begin at 9 a.m. and the walk kicks off at 10 a.m.
The Connecticut Affiliate is asking for support of the community to become a sponsor, form a team, walk as an individual, donate products or volunteer to help with the event activities. This 1 1/2 mile scenic walk is a fun, family-friendly event that includes food, music, raffle/auction items and children’s activities, including face painting, balloon animals and magic. Dogs are welcome and children can ride their bikes. There is also trout fishing if you have your license.
The walk is handicap accessible. Sonar, the Hartford Wolfpack mascot will be there. You only need $25 sponsorship per person to participate.
Huntington’s disease (HD) is a devastating, hereditary, degenerative brain disorder that results in a loss of cognitive, behavioral and physical control, and for which, presently, there is no cure and only one FDA-approved treatment for one of the symptoms. HD slowly diminishes the affected individual’s ability to walk, think, talk and reason. Symptoms usually appear in an individual between 30 and 50 years of age and progress over a 10 to 25 year period. Cases of Juvenile HD have been diagnosed in children as young as two years of age. More than 30,000 people in the United States are currently diagnosed. Each of their siblings and children has a 50 percent risk of developing the disease, therefore 250,000 are at risk. There are thousands of people in CT affected by this fatal disease.
Although medications can relieve some symptoms in certain individuals, research has yet to find a means of conquering or even slowing the deadly progression. However, recent research has found a way to silence the defective gene. There is hope for the future but we need our support.
To volunteer or support the Team Hope Walk, please contact Susan McGann at 860-558-8847 or email@example.com or go to www.hdsa.org/thwct to register and for more information.
Citizens United’s stated mission is to restore the United States government to “citizens’ control,” seeking to “reassert the traditional American values of limited government, freedom of enterprise, strong families, and national sovereignty.
Sanders for President Rally themed “A Future to Believe In” at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza drew about 1,000 people.
“It looks to me that Hartford is ready for a political revolution,” said Sanders, pledging to transform America: working class people, and others who are disenchanted with America. “When I talk about a political revolution, it’s not a complicated process.”
In other words, he said, a political revolution means everyone has a vote.
Sanders is among the five presidential candidates to visit Hartford and other parts of Connecticut.
Ohio Governor and GOP candidate John Kasich visited Sacred Heart University two weeks ago and Glastonbury High School on Friday.
Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump was in Hartford two weeks ago and returned to Connecticut on Saturday at Crosby High School in Waterbury then in Bridgeport at the Klein Memorial Auditorium.
Also on Saturday, Hilary Clinton, who was in Hartford on Friday, campaigned in New Haven with Rep. Rosa DeLauro. She spoke about her plans to raise the minimum wage and fight for equal equality.
While in Hartford, Clinton held a discussion on gun violence with local residents and Sandy Hook victims at the Wilson-Gray YMCA. And her daughter Chelsea Clinton campaigned for her at Dunns River, a Jamaican restaurant in Hartford’s North End.
HARTFORD — The Connecticut Department of Transportation on recently announced a two-day Open Planning Studio scheduled for April 2016.
The Open Planning Studio will be on April 20 from 12 to 8 p.m. and Thursday, April 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Parker Memorial Community Center, 2621 Main St. in Hartford.
Members of the public are encouraged to drop in at any time to talk with planners and engineers as well as observe and/or participate in design sessions and discussions related to the I-84 Hartford Project.
State officials said that the DOT has developed three primary alternatives for replacing the aging I-84 Viaduct in Hartford. The project team will present its evaluation of each alternative and associated opportunities for economic development, public health, safety, and much more. Public input has already influenced the development of many design ideas. Continued involvement is vital to ensuring that the rebuilt highway corridor benefits all users.
Open Planning Studios are a way for local residents, commuters, business owners, and any other interested parties to learn about and receive updates on the I-84 Hartford Project.
For more information, visit i84hartford.com/get-involved for event details.
The purpose of the I-84 Hartford Project is to address structural deficiencies, improve traffic operations and safety, and reduce congestion on the I-84 mainline and its interchanges between Flatbush Avenue and I-91 in Hartford.
CTDOT is evaluating the I-84 Hartford Project corridor in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration, the Capitol Region Council of Governments, the City of Hartford, the Town of East Hartford, the Town of West Hartford, as well as other local agencies and stakeholder groups.
A Public Advisory Committee, comprised of a wide range of stakeholders has been, and will continue to be instrumental in guiding each of the alternatives, officials said.
WASHINGTON – A Connecticut state judge’s decision Thursday allowing a lawsuit to go forward against the maker of the Bushmaster rifle used in the Sandy Hook killings focused attention on a law that Connecticut lawmakers – and now Hillary Clinton – hope to repeal.
Remington Arms, maker of the Bushmaster rifle used to kill 20 first-graders and six staff members at Sandy Hook, is relying in its defense of the suit on a law Congress passed in 2005. Known as the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, or PLCAA, it protects gun manufacturers and dealers from liability when crimes are committed with their products.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., is hoping Congress repeals the law so it can’t be decisive in the lawsuit, though there is virtually no chance of a repeal in the present Congress.
The families of some of the children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School won a victory Thursday when Connecticut state Judge Barbara Bellis rejected the gun companies’ motion to dismiss the case citing PLCAA. She said the immunity granted the gun makers and dealers does not strip her court of jurisdiction to hear the case.
“It’s a very positive step, possibly historic,” Blumenthal said. “I think we should be very glad and grateful that the Sandy Hook families have demonstrated this courage and strength.”
In their lawsuit, the Sandy Hook families argue the Bushmaster rifle should not have been sold to the general public because it is a military-style assault weapon unsuited for civilian use. They say the gun’s maker, and seller, should have known about the high risk posed by the weapon and the ability for a shooter to use it to inflict maximum casualties.
Blumenthal and Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., introduced a bill in January that would repeal PLCAA. There is a similar bill in the U.S. House of Representatives.
“If Congress is persuaded that the legal shield is unconscionable, then there is enough time to repeal it,” Blumenthal said.
Blumenthal said he “could not say” if the Sandy Hook parents could win the suit “with PLCAA still on the books.” Though the PLCAA repeal bills are not expected to move in this Congress, gun industry liability has become an issue in the Democratic race for the White House.
On Thursday, Hillary Clinton said that as president she would “lead the charge to repeal this law.”
“Today’s ruling in Connecticut is an important step forward for these families, who are bravely fighting to hold irresponsible gun makers accountable for their actions. They deserve their day in court. Period,” Clinton said in a campaign statement. “Unfortunately, PLCAA – the sweeping immunity law that protects gun manufacturers and dealers – still remains a major obstacle for these families and others seeking to hold these gun companies accountable.”
Clinton has also bashed Democratic rival Bernie Sanders for telling the New York Daily Newseditorial board earlier this month that he does not support the Sandy Hook lawsuit. Sanders said he did not think a dealer should face a lawsuit for selling a gun legally to a customer who then misuses the weapon in a crime.
Sanders voted for PLCAA when he was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2005. But he is also one of about a dozen co-sponsors of the PLCAA repeal introduced by Blumenthal and Murphy.
The Sanders campaign did not have an immediate response to the court decision or Clinton’s comments.
Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, praised the court’s decision.
“We’ve passed the toughest gun laws in the nation for a reason,” he said. “These families deserve this — the ruling is the right one. The gun industry should not have protections that no other industry in America sees. This is a victory for the families and a victory for those who stand for commonsense gun laws.”
According to Connecticut Department of Revenue Services Commissioner Kevin Sullivan there’s a little extra time to file with the federal and state income tax deadline coming on April 18.
This year, the regular April 15 deadline was delayed due to the federal date being pushed back by the Washington, D.C. “Emancipation Day” holiday.
“Just because there’s a little more time to file, taxpayers should never wait until the last minute, ” Sullivan said. “We estimate 1.8 million income tax returns this year from both paper and electronic filers. Even more this year, DRS is working to protect taxpayer identities and refunds from tax fraud and theft.”
Commissioner Sullivan listed a number of ways that taxpayers can get help. Use the free DRS Taxpayer Service Center to file for Connecticut income tax.
HARTFORD — Alika Hope and The Ray of Hope Project recently announced the release of their first album, Hope for a Motherless Child, with an album release event at the Noah Webster House
The event is scheduled to begin 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at 227 South Main Street, West Hartford, CT on May 4.
There will be a brief program at 6:45 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. All album sales from this event will benefit Families in Crisis; a Connecticut based 501(c) (3) which helps children whose mothers are currently incarcerated.
Produced by Alika Hope and Ira Sakolsky, and featuring the sounds of Ray Morant, John Henry Langley, Dexter Pettaway, Geoff Cox, Lawrence V. White, Jason Apostoleris, Charlie Slaughter and Alika Hope, Hope for a Motherless Child highlights classic renditions of African American spirituals such as “Wade in the Water,” “This Little Light of Mine” and “Ain’t Gonna Study War No More.”
Hope for a Motherless Child also introduces exclusive new arrangements of this historic music incorporating jazz, opera, and even some rap! Special guest appearances by Abraham Lincoln, Soujourner Truth, and William Lloyd Garrison round out the recording. Sure to please listeners of all ages, Hope for a Motherless Child educates while it entertains.
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In an interview with Cenk Uygur March 23, Bernie Sanders noted, “The media is an arm of the ruling class of this country,” going on to point out its concentrated corporate ownership (for example, Disney’s ownership of ABC, Comcast’s of NBC, etc). This corporate media have a vested interest in not covering real news in a way that examines the root causes of problems. Such coverage might lead to radical threats to the power structure. Of course he’s quite right. And it’s not a situation that came about by accident; the state played a central role in bringing it about.
The mainstream media — network news shows, cable news networks, major newspapers and wire services — are part of an interlocking set of governing institutions that also includes government agencies, large corporations, and universities, think tanks and charitable foundations. These institutions share a common organizational style — top-down hierarchies and enormous managerial bureaucracies, Weberian rules, million-dollar executives — and tend to shuffle their personnel back and forth from one such institution to the other.
This whole interlocking complex of institutions goes back to the rise of such institutions in the late 19th century as the dominant organizational form — a top-down transformation of the American economy and society that the state and the plutocratic interests controlling it imposed on the country.
From the beginning of radio, the state’s regulatory approach fostered a cartelized system of nationwide media networks. The FCC licensing system permitted a limited number of radio stations compared to what the spectrum permitted. Had the full spectrum been opened up on a first-come first-served basis, with something like the common law of riparian rights preventing new stations from broadcasting on frequencies that might disrupt broadcasts of existing stations, there would have been many more stations. And had the spectrum been open to all homesteaders, there would have been a variety of participants including amateurs and hobbyists, and community and labor groups. For that matter the FCC itself might have awarded its licenses to such a variety of groups; but instead it awarded them almost entirely to commercial interests. And given a limited number of salable licenses, they inevitably appreciated in value just like taxicab medallions, so that only plutocratic interests could afford them.
But before the mass broadcast media ever came into existence, there was already a nationwide advertising market in place fostered by the corporate centralization of the economy, and a complex of corporate and government institutions to influence the content of media.
The existence of a nationwide advertising market, coupled with “intellectual property” in content and rebroadcast rights, further reinforced the concentration of broadcast media into nationwide networks.
And the pre-existence of an interlocking system of corporate, state and civil society institutions into which the media could be assimilated, created the systemic pressures and filters behind what Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman called the media’s “Propaganda Model.” This doesn’t just mean the cruder forms of influence like direct advertiser vetoes of stories, or even editorial fear of offending advertisers — although that obviously plays a real part in filtering content. More important is the common class background and affinity, and common social ties of those in charge of the media and governing institutions, and the symbiotic organizational structures of the institutions themselves.
Network executives, talk show hosts, and newspaper publishers and editors travel in the same social circle as the powerful state and corporate figures whom they’re theoretically supposed to serve as watchdogs over. So you have “responsible” and “patriotic” news organizations refusing to report on government war crimes, and people like publisher Katherine Graham of the Washington Post telling an appreciative audience of CIA spooks that “there are some things the public doesn’t need to know.”
You have a “professional” journalistic culture, since Walter Lippmann’s time, dominated by the same managerial ethos as other governing institutions, seeing their job as simply reporting “objectively” what “both sides” say without regard to facts. And given the limited (and dwindling) resources for actual reporting, you have the majority of TV news anchor scripts and newspaper column inches taken up either by quotes from public figures or the output of public spokespersons and corporate and state PR departments. You have wire service correspondents in countries where the U.S. is backing local death squads or military coups, sitting in hotel rooms writing their copy directly from U.S. embassy handouts.
The cumulative effect of all these filters, without much central direction, is a sort of “invisible hand” mechanism with exactly the result Chomsky and Herman described: a corporate media that reports news from the perspective of the state and the corporations in control of it almost the same as if they were officially censoring it.
So Sanders is right: the media is an arm of the ruling class — and the state is at the heart of it.