The public airways in America do not reflect the American public. In a country that is closely divided politically, right-wing radio reigns. An analysis in June by the Center for American Progress of 257 news and talk stations owned by the top five commercial station owners found that 91 percent of the total weekday talk radio programming is conservative, and 9 percent is progressive. "In major cities in this country people can't even hear a progressive voice at all," Senator Bernie Sanders told Thom Hartmann on the weekly Air America program Brunch with Bernie. "It raises the issue of concentration of ownership…We're not going to have the vibrant democracy that we need unless we are discussing the serious issues facing the middle class and working families in this country and I'm not quite sure that corporate media wants us to do that," And on National Public Radio, Sanders said, "In a nation that is politically divided, people in this country have a right to hear all points of view."
To read the Center for American Progress report, click here
To hear Senator Sanders discuss the report on The Thom Hartmann Show, click here