On the Media program from May 26th, covered how U.S. Presidents & top contenders are chosen by the media instead of by the people.
This is also an argument that I have often made. The media (often behaving like State-Run media) always works hand in hand with the 2 major established parties, to anoint certain candidates and to help prevent alternative parties and alternative candidates from ever emerging.
From the On The Media website:
Former Virginia governor Mark Warner hasn’t launched a presidential campaign; neither has Senator Chuck Hagel. But both have been featured on the cover of The New York Times Magazine as potential candidates. Is Warner the anti-Hillary? Is Hagel the un-McCain? Somehow the vetting process for 2008 has already begun. NYT Magazine editor Gerald Marzorati talks timing with Brooke.
Listen to quick audio report here.