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Yehuda “YJ” Draiman - Candidate for Mayor of Los Angeles 2017 YJ Draiman is the lead elected official 4th term, for the Northridge East Neighborhood Council – NENC, he is also the liaison between the NENC and LADWP. As an Energy Efficiency Advocate YJ Draiman is known for his advancement in... More
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  • Do You Think The Media Will Strengthen Our Democracy, Or Destroy It? - Draiman 1 comment
    Feb 11, 2013 10:12 PM

    Do you think the media will strengthen our democracy, or destroy it? - Draiman

    My assessment - given after paying close attention over the past two decades, the political coverage - is disturbing. I have long argued that the media in general, and TV broadcasters in particular, need to do a lot more to nourish civic discourse.

    Unfortunately, the owners of the nation's television stations do not see it that way.

    "The public airwaves," according to my view and many others "have been hijacked by those whose primary objective is to serve the special interests rather than the public interest."

    They intentionally ignore candidates that are on the ballot who do not raise sufficient money, thereby not giving the voters sufficient information in order to select the appropriate candidate listed on the ballot. If that is not Anti-democratic, I do not know what is.

    We can see this right now in the relentless barrage of toxic political ads. It is also apparent in the dearth of serious local news to correct the misinformation and expose the money behind the ads.

    Is it not curious … that we have an election system where candidates and their surrogates go around asking for money from us so they can turn around and give our dollars to broadcasters to spew all this campaign disinformation over airwaves that you and I actually own?

    Curious, yes - but also revolting.

    Pattern of Neglect

    In an ideal world, TV stations would provide the kind of news coverage that would serve as an antidote to the misleading messages in most political ads. Nevertheless, broadcasters have largely gone AWOL on this front.

    YJ Draiman for Mayor of LA 2013


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    Author’s reply » Do you believe the election process is fair?
    I do have to add that there are some very good candidates out there, but they do not have the financial backing and resources to win an election, even the media ignores them. It is the masses of voters who can change our government by voting for the most qualified candidate, not the one with the most money. Money does not equate qualifications. This is still a democracy and we the people, if we all vote; we can take back our government. We outnumber the special interests voters. After all, it is a government by the people for the people – not the other way around.
    When an elected official performs his job honestly and properly, than there is no need for a 4 million dollars plus to be elected for mayor of Los Angeles.


    YJ Draiman for Mayor of Los Angeles 2013
    11 Feb 2013, 10:15 PM Reply Like
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