PAUL JAY, SENIOR EDITOR, TRNN: There are times when reality just asserts itself. In spite of the haze created by television news and entertainment, sometimes crisis rips a tear in the fabric of myth and propaganda. Now a profound economic crisis has ripped asunder the American dream itself, millions of people losing jobs and homes. They lack proper health care and any real sense of security. Since 2001, workers’ wages have fallen or remain stagnant, even though worker productivity has risen almost 33 percent. By 2006, the top 1 percent of households were receiving 23 percent of all pre-tax income, more than double of what it was in the 1970s. It’s the greatest concentration of income since 1928. As unemployment rises, we need to know why this crisis is happening and what we can do to defend ourselves. Why are wages so low? Why is this society so laden with debt? Is it in ordinary Americans’ interest to have a trillion-dollar military budget to project power across the globe? Corporate television news won’t ask these questions, let alone try to find answers. Only a truly independent news network can tackle these questions with courage and with ordinary people’s interest in mind. We need a news network that’s independent of corporations, governments, and political parties. We need The Real News. But there won’t be a Real News Network unless we raise substantial funds right away. The current financial crisis has hit our funding hard. Together we do have the power to turn it around. There are already hundreds of thousands of people watching The Real News every month. If everyone pitches in, we can build an Internet and cable television network that will change the face of media forever. You can organize house parties, talk to friends at school and at work, send email blasts, and spread the word. Distribute this video to everyone you know. Pick up the phone and call a few friends to suggest they visit therealnews.com. Invest just 10 minutes a day to ask friends and colleagues to join the campaign to create a truly independent source of Internet and television news. Together we can build this network. Just 50,000 people at $10 a month gets us to our first level of sustainability. You can help us reach this goal, and when we do, we’ll move to television and millions of homes across North America. Help us reach an audience in the millions. Please contribute generously. Spread the word. Let’s make The Real News Television Network a reality.
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