During an interview earlier this week, actress and activist Susan Sarandon discussed her history with politics and the changing landscape of corporate media.

Sarandon said that in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s when she was growing up, the news channels released real news and kept the people informed. That was why, in part, the Vietnam war was so nearly unanimously opposed.

“In those days when you turned on the TV, you saw what was going on. It wasn’t like it is now; it wasn’t corporately owned. Thank you president Clinton for getting rid of all the regulations.”

According to Sarandon, it wasn’t until Bill Clinton’s 1996 Telecommunications Act that news media began its long, slow devolution into corporate sponsorship and biased coverage.

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Sydney Robinson is a political writer for the Ring of Fire Network. She has also appeared in political news videos for Ring of Fire. Sydney has a degree in English Literature from the University of West Florida, and has an active interest in politics, social justice, and environmental issues. She would love to hear from you on Twitter @SydneyMkay or via email at srobinson@ringoffireradio.com