The Media Amplifies Bigotry but Ignores Working Class Organizing. That’s by Design.

Dr. Liz Theoharis of the Poor People’s Campaign discusses the role of media in suppressing the working class movement—and how stories of people fighting back can be used to inspire others.

The Real News Network
Interview by Maximillian Alvarez
March 28, 2023

In the midst of the largest strike wave in the US in a century, corporate media is more focused on amplifying the bigotry and fearmongering of right-wing politicians and their base than on covering working class movements. What is the role of media in upholding the status quo, and how can it be used to service people’s movements instead of profits? This question lies at the heart of a long-ranging discussion between TRNN Editor-in-Chief Maximillian Alvarez and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis. 

Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis is director of the Kairos Center, as well as a founder and coordinator of the Poverty Initiative. She is co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call For Moral Revival, and author of Always with Us?: What Jesus Really Said about the Poor. She is also an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and a biblical scholar in New Testament and Christian origins.

Production/Post-Production: Nicholas Grieves

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