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What she's doing is getting the press to focus, for once, on exactly how corrupt the relationship has become between government and the big banks -- and between regulators specifically and the big banks. Until the press is forced to reveal the extent to which our government and legislators have permitted criminal behavior to continue unchecked, there will be insufficient pushback from the public to get change.

It has always been difficult to bring truth to power if power didn't want it. Watergate took years to even get the public's attention. And now, with the splintering of "news" organization, thousands of blogs offering every partisan point of view it's even harder to break through. There was a time when a good "60 Minutes" piece would bring some action, when a "Frontline" could spur a real investigation, but those days are gone now, lost in the babble of the internet, radio talk shows, and news channels obsessed with cruise ships and pregnant princesses than with corruption in our own country.

The fracturing has a second effect too, and that's the dissolution of any semblance of "investigative journalism" from the major media players. As newspapers collapse and television stations get ever more nickel-and-dime oriented, the luxury of spending time on a story has all but disappeared. Now the best we can expect is a soundbite from A followed by a soundbite from B, and a "no particular point of view" piece of ping-pong journalism adding to the din.

"Pushback from the public"? That seems unlikely, except at the margins, and the big financial players have the money to counteract that - distributed directly to politicians in PAC monies, and in astroturf movements like the Tea Party.

Good luck to us all. That's about all we can hope for.
 
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