E.J. Dionne Jr. is right [op-ed, Dec. 6] when he states that the U.S. media are "heavily biased toward conservative politics and conservative politicians." But that should come as no surprise to anyone who has observed the increased concentration of ownership in the media by a handful of huge corporations. Today conglomerates such as AOL Time Warner, Disney, Viacom, News Corp., Bertelsmann, Vivendi Universal, Sony, AT&T, The Washington Post Co. and General Electric control, to a significant degree, what the American people see, hear and read. Given that reality, why should we expect anything different from a pro-corporate, anti-worker point of view?

Where is the media coverage of the grossly unfair distribution of wealth and income in this country, or the fact that the United States is the only wealthy nation without a program guaranteeing health care for all?

Where are the programs reporting that Americans now work the longest hours in the industrialized world, while the average worker today earns less, in real dollars, than 30 years ago? Where are the editorials attacking disastrous trade policies that have given us a trade deficit and the loss of 2 million decent-paying manufacturing jobs in the past four years?

Any candidate for president must oppose further concentration of ownership in the media and fight to create a process by which the American people can learn about all points of view, not just those of corporate America.


U.S. Representative (I-Vt.)