Prison Radio
Mumia Abu-Jamal

On TV, every talking head waxes eloquent to all but predict, 3 years ahead, who will be not only the party nominee, but who will be the next president of the United States.

The problem here is that no one knows, for it is obviously too soon.

Three years before the 2008 presidential election, few polls gave Sen. Barack Obama much traction, and the conventional wisdom all but crowned Hillary Clinton the victor.

Yet, the horse race, races on, undoubtedly because the media industry must sell product. It must name names to stimulate sales.

When we look back to races past, the silliness seems now quite apparent: Herman Cain, Rick Santorum, Michelle Bachmann, Dennis Kucinich and the like.

And the corporate media likes to promote such figures for the same reason that they love the horse races: it sells papers.

They promote names, only to denounce them later if they don’t possess, ore can’t raise, sufficient funds. And for what are the funds raised? Media, of course.

More and more media.

Thus, all presidential election campaigns are biased towards the wealthy and well-connected.

Worse, we are approaching the era of dynasties: Bush, Clinton, Bush again, Clinton again?


Three hundred and twenty million people – and we must do re-runs?

Have the past presidents really been so great that you want seconds?


Horse races should be for horses – not presidents.