We all know that a free press is one of the key ingredients of a healthy democracy. But what if the media doesn’t do it’s job very well? If you rely on the television networks for news, you might not be able to make an informed decision when you go to the polls. At least, that’s what political scientist and former reporter Stephen Farnsworth (Mary Washington College) says in his book The Nightly News Nightmare. 

Also featured: In two thirds of Virginia’s 140 General Assembly elections this fall there is only one major party candidate. James Phillips (Virginia State University and Virginia Commonwealth University) says too many of us feel our voices aren’t heard by government and offers some creative solutions.

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