Continuing to put U.S. media to shame by giving voice to leading U.S. intellectuals not heard in their own country’s corporate news, Real News Network founder Paul Jay interviews (10/22/08) author of the immensely popular A People’s History of the United States, historian Howard Zinn. Even after expressing intense skepticism of third-party candidates’ hopes for presidential election, Zinn looks to a currently all-too-relevant period of U.S. history to nonetheless emphasize their importance:
Third parties can have an effect on the existing parties. In the 1930s there wasn’t a third party that won, it was the fact that there was a movement throughout the country. Part of it was Socialist and Communist, but a lot of it was working people and tenants and so on. And they had an effect on the Democratic Party, which up to that point had not been a very militant or very energetic party–as a result, it had lost elections in the 1920s to nonentities like Harding and Coolidge. But I think it will take the kind of energy that we had in the ’30s to not necessarily create a third party that will win office, but that will transform the Democratic Party.
See the newest FAIR Media Advisory: “More Than a Two-Person Race: Corporate Media Largely Ignore Other Presidential Candidates” (10/21/08)