By: Rachel Blevins Jun 28, 2014
According to the polls, the level of confidence in the government was much higher in the past. In fact, it was at 40%, following the Watergate scandal.
However, while some may wonder whether or not the drastic drop in trust will produce a wake-up call among politicians, Swann doesn’t believe it will. “They don’t care. They saw the numbers when they were at 12%, 10%, 9%…and now at 7%; but what actually changes?”
“Establishment spends a lot of money, in order to preserve power,” said Swann, giving the example of the most recent primary election in the United States.
“Most of the Grassroots challengers were taken on, not by the establishment, but by establishment super packs, that are spending more money in the primary, than they are in the general election.”
While it may seem like websites such as Buzzfeed and Huffington Post are finding ways to get the “corporate message” out, by designing it in such a way that it is appealing, and hidden beneath funny videos and cute puppy pictures, Swann says these sites “do not have the influence over the public that some people think they have.”
Swann pointed out that corporate media in the United States, especially National Broadcast media, doesn’t have any confidence in the public anymore.
He explained that last year, while the United States government was covertly funding rebels in Syria, and pushing for the public to support a war, 89% of the American people rejected it.
“Right now the U.S. is talking about sending troops back into Iraq, and the American people want no part of it,” said Swann. ”It’s not because corporate media is out there combatting it, it’s because there are serious independent journalists who are out there, and serious independent news sites out there that people are gathering information from…while also watching a cat video every now and then.”