The College of Communication will be hosting a special speaking engagement featuring journalist John Nichols and professor and Free Press founder Robert W. McChesney, authors of Dollarocracy: How the Money and Media Election Complex is Destroying America.
In "Dollarocracy," released to strong reviews earlier this summer, Nichols and McChesney "show how unbridled campaign spending defines our politics and, failing a dramatic intervention, signals the end of our democracy.
"Blending vivid reporting from the 2012 campaign trail and deep perspective from decades covering American and international media and politics, political journalist John Nichols and media critic Robert W. McChesney explain how U.S. elections are becoming controlled, predictable enterprises that are managed by a new class of consultants who wield millions of dollars and define our politics as never before. As the money gets bigger—especially after the Citizens United ruling—and journalism, a core check and balance on the government, declines, American citizens are in danger of becoming less informed and more open to manipulation. With groundbreaking behind-the-scenes reporting and staggering new research on “the money power,” Dollarocracy shows that this new power does not just endanger electoral politics; it is a challenge to the DNA of American democracy itself."
Chris Bury, DePaul senior journalist in residence and veteran ABC News and Nightline correspondent, will offer opening remarks.
Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Richard M. and Maggie C. Daley Building, Lower Level Theatre
14 E Jackson Blvd