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Tuning out Channel One

So much for “Kill Your Television.” According to ADBUSTERS, two Ohio teenagers went to jail after refusing to watch Channel One, a television program (with commercials) that’s shown in schools across the United States. When DJ and Carlotta Maurer walked out of their classrooms to protest mandatory viewing of Channel One, the principal called them truants, and sent them to Wood County Juvenile Detention Center for the day.

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2/20 – Big oil’s big schemes Commercial Alert and Obligation, Inc., two groups that have been critical of Channel One’s programming, came to the Maurers’ defense. They wrote a letter to Ohio governor Bob Taft, asking him to remove Channel One from public schools. While the governor has yet to respond, the school in question is in negotiations with the Maurers, who said they have religious objections to television.

According to Primedia, Channel One’s parent company, shows like Channel One News and other “quality information and award-winning programming” from the company reach 8 million teenage viewers every school day.

Read the ADBUSTERS article here.

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SIX TRUTHS

Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

Truth #4: When we go to work, we're in the fight.

Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

And if you think journalism like Mother Jones'—that calls it like it is, that will never acquiesce to power, that looks where others don't—can help guide us through this historic, high-stakes moment, and you're able to right now, please help us reach our $350,000 goal by October 31 with a donation today. It's all hands on deck for democracy.

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