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Citizens United: The News Is, There Is No News

The Young Turks (TYT) point out that big news, important news, is not always reported by the mainstream media. The specific big news in question is the recent Bloomberg Politics National Poll, which reveals 78% of Americans favor overturning Citizens United. That is, 78% percent of Republicans, Democrats, and Independents agree that Citizens United was a “bad decision.”

Such overwhelming nonpartisan agreement on any issue is rare. Yet, as researched by TYT, the major news networks have not breathed a word about the Bloomberg poll that was conducted September 18-21. Other issues related to Supreme Court decisions, that are very divided on a partisan basis, receive news coverage all the time. (See chart below.)

Clearly, most Americans want the 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court decision to be overturned. We believe that it has allowed a small group of wealthy elites to dominate American politics, that it has gravely compromised our democracy.

If major news outlets seriously covered the problem of money in politics, the Bloomberg poll results would have been mentioned on your 6 o’clock news program. Even though Americans are very concerned about the corrupting impact of big money in politics, by and large, we are denied news coverage on the issue.

Democrats And Republicans Both Furious About Money In Politics

When it comes to getting money out of politics, the American people are more united than on, perhaps, any other issue. The Young Turks break it down:

A recent Bloomberg poll showing 78 percent of Americans in favor of overturning the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling received no coverage on national nightly news programs for ABC, CBS, NBC or PBS, nor Sunday morning political talk shows on ABC, FOX, or NBC. The court decision is once again having an enormous impact on the presidential election, with hundreds of millions of dollars expected to be raised and funneled into political super PACs through 2016.

— The Young Turks

Bloomberg Poll: Americans Want Supreme Court to Turn off Political Spending Spigot (Link)

Americans may be sharply divided on other issues, but they are united in their view of the 2010 Supreme Court ruling that unleashed a torrent of political spending: They hate it.

In a new Bloomberg Politics national poll, 78 percent of those responding said the Citizens United ruling should be overturned, compared with 17 percent who called it a good decision.

“Wow. Wow. I’m stunned,” said David Strauss, a constitutional law professor who teaches at the University of Chicago. “What it suggests is that Citizens United has become a symbol for what people perceive to be a much larger problem, which is the undue influence of wealth in politics.”

— Greg Stohr, Bloomberg Politics

Americans' View of Supreme Court

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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She writes fiction about an alpha Bichon named Chester, and his friends--with a dash of humor and a dab of poli-sci. JoAnn worked professionally in the Psychology and Information Science fields. Retired now, she enjoys the creative life.

10 Comments

  1. Jerry "Peacemaker"

    What’s it going to take to finally reach critical mass and repeal Citizens United? Only when Americans are unanimous and the Koch Brothers vote to repeal it?… 78% is more than critical mass.

    • JoAnn Chateau

      Thanks for the reblog!

  2. Robert A. Vella

    I’m wondering how many of those 78%, who think Citizens United was a bad decision, actually vote in our elections or who do vote with this egregious Supreme Court ruling on their minds.

    My guess is far fewer than 78%; otherwise, it probably wouldn’t have happened.

    • JoAnn Chateau

      Good point! We know that 2012 voter turnout was less than 60%, compared to the 78% cited in this poll. Somebody is not participating in Democracy…!

  3. Rosaliene Bacchus

    JoAnn, thanks for bringing this great news to our attention.

    I’ll spread your report through my Sunday blogpost about Brazil’s recent ban on corporate donations to political parties and election campaigns.

  4. smilecalm

    show me
    the united
    citizenz 🙂

    • JoAnn Chateau

      Yeah, a misleading name if there ever was one. 🙂

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