Because they can and because we let them.
The rich and powerful control all the information through the corporate-controlled media newsrooms that decide what it is that the American public needs to hear based on what benefits the parent corporation.
He who controls the information, controls destiny.
We saw how GWB and his administration manipulated the media to win elections, fraudulently invade a country, etc. It’s not an isolated event. GWB is not the only culprit.
Until we have campaign finance reform that can be enforced (no 527s), we will continue to have this problem.
Until we bust up the media monopolies (actually diversified conglomerates) so that news editors can publish the truth and stand behind their journalists without fear of losing their jobs, we will still continue to have this problem.
Until the American public demands from THEMSELVES a greater interest in hard news and not “news entertainment” and requires of THEMSELVES to become informed about what their government is doing and what the current issues are, we will continue to have this problem.
The sad fact is that we have the exact government that we have earned by not being informed, not demanding better from our media and our government and allowing ourselves to be apathetic or do nothing but sit around and complaing. We don’t even vote in respectable numbers.
An additional comment:
Why do we have so much trouble getting Congress to change this?
Politicians and the wealthy elite have learned to game the system as it is. If they make the system work for everyone, instead of consolidating their power, they distribute it. This means less power for them individually. It’s part of my fixed-pie economic theory and applies exactly the same way to power as it does to the economy.