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'What if the Washington-is-broken idea is just a line? Maybe even a slogan that the country’s two dominant political parties approved? What if they’re just selling and we’re buying? What if it’s not broken at all? What if, instead, it’s doing exactly what it’s designed to do?   Some say the Republicans and Democrats constitute a wildly successful industry that has colluded to kill off competition, stifle reform, and drive the country apart.  “[I]t turns out that our political parties work well together in one particular area, and that is actually colluding together over time behind the scenes to create rules and practices that essentially erect barriers to entry, ways to keep out new competition,” Gehl explains.'  So, what are you going to do about it? 

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"There is now an entire industry of politics that moves forward, independent of whether that industry actually solves problems for the American people"


Yes... and the media is part of it... the media's footprint:"Former MSNBC producer Jeff Cohen has published an article in Salon titled "Memo to mainstream journalists: Can the phony outrage; Bernie is right about bias". Cohen details his experience with the way corporate media outlets keep a uniform pro-establishment narrative running throughout all their coverage without their staff having to be directly told to to do this by their supervisors (though sometimes that happens, too). He writes as follows: Cohen's expose' follows the phenomenal segment recently aired on The Hill's show Rising, in which former MSNBC star Krystal Ball and her co-host Saagar Enjati both detailed their experience with the way access journalism, financial incentives, prestige incentives and peer pressure were used to push them each toward protecting establishment narratives in their respective mainstream media careers. Ball said at one point she was literally called into the office and forbidden from doing any critical Hillary Clinton coverage without prior approval in the lead-up to the 2016 election, saying that in mainstream journalism jobs "you are aware of what you're going to be rewarded for and what you're going to be punished for, or not rewarded for."


and this:

Bernie Sanders' Media Beef Is Legitimate, But the Press Can't Admit It Rolling Stone



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