William Dean Singleton is the chairman and publisher of the Denver Post and the chairman of the board of directors of the Associated Press. Singleton is the CEO of MediaNews Group. The company publishes 56 daily newspapers in 12 states. Singleton likes to either buy his competition or run them out of business so that his print media is the only source of news in each market. Denver's other newspaper, The Rocky Mountain News, folded a couple of years ago and Singleton now controls the information in the Denver area. If you live in any of the areas controlled by Singleton, you are reading only what he wants you to know and nothing more.
With that control, Singleton allegedly has politicians "run things by him" to avoid bad press. Apparently, Colorado senator Michael Bennet is in good with Singleton. The Post refused to run a story about Bennet's controversial 2008 restructuring of Colorado school pension plans, placing them at the mercy of Wall Street, now costing Colorado tax payers a lot of money due to the LIBOR scandal. The Denver Business Journal broke the story instead of the city's only major newspaper.
The Denver Post also painted a very different picture of the Democratic then-candidate Michael Bennet in 2010. They portrayed him as a Washington outsider who would change things. In reality, Bennet grew up in D.C., is the son of a U.S. Ambassador and led a privileged Washington life attending the private prep school St. Albans. He also worked for the Clinton's, which explains why President Bill Clinton flew to Colorado to campaign with him and for him during his senate campaign.
Singleton isn't just friendly with the Democrats. He is an equal opportunity scumbag. He'll squash a story to save the reputation of any politician that will do him a favor. And Singleton isn't the only one.
According to Harper's Magazine, conservative businessman Douglas Manchester bought the Union-Tribune to run favorable stories about his own business deals. Real estate businessman Sam Zell pressured the Chicago Tribune to slam Blagojevich. And Democrat George Norcross recently bought the Philadelphia Inquirer amid an unpublished conflict of interest scandal.
So, what's the moral of the story? If you have the money, you can control the information. If you control the information, you can control the people and the way they vote. Controlling the politicians that you have now essentially voted into office with your money and your support will enable you to continue to screw the working class. Laws will favor you and your business with complete disregard for public welfare.
This is the very thing the Founding Fathers warned against. The Anti-Federalists worried that congress would be susceptible to bribes. They might not have known it would become an epidemic or that politicians in Washington sent to uphold the Constitution would be the very pawns used to destroy it for personal greed at the hands of big business.
America is no longer the "land of the free," but instead, the land of "those with deep pockets."