Media Reform

I support:

  • Implementing a program of media reform modeled on that enacted in Uruguay
  • Providing local and community-based publications and radio stations with public subsidies
  • Bringing The Washington Post into public ownership and/or turning it into a worker cooperative like the Associated Press
  • Setting up a media regulation body that has the power to penalize or shut down outlets that publish or broadcast erroneous material and/or spread racist and/or climate denialist conspiracy theorists

 

I am a strong believer in the need for the public to have access to diverse, balanced media. The current media climate is one that is dominated by large, private companies. Their editorial stance is naturally determined more by the interests of their corporate and billionaire paymasters than the needs of the public for impartial information about policies that affect their communities, whether at the national, state or local level.

Therefore, if elected I will advocate on the Council for a program of media reform modeled on that pioneered in the small South American nation of Uruguay. Under such a plan, public funding would be allocated to community newspapers, magazine and radio stations. I would also propose an advertising lottery pool for publications that operate within city limits. I furthermore support greater allocation of the district’s budget to already existing public and student media. I also support providing public funding to local media that offer an essential alternative source of information such as the Washington City Paper, Current Newspapers, DCLine and the DCist.

If elected, I would also propose the formation of a media regulatory body that issues licenses for all media outlets operating within the city. This organization would monitor press output and would have the authority to revoke licenses of publications that violate its rules, such as engaging in climate denial or spreading racist conspiracy theories.

Finally, as the city’s most prominent and widely-circulated newspaper, I do not think that it is healthy for The Washington Post to be owned by the multi-billionaire founder of a company that has decimated independent bookstores and other retailers, exploits its workers, and systematically shirks its duty to pay its fair share of taxes. If elected, I would therefore advocate for converting The Washington Post into a worker-owned cooperative similar to how the Associated Press is structured.