NPR has a truly magnificent bit of reporting here — one that deserves a big fat following of me-too following from every media outlet: A panoramic shot of the lobbyists and other special-interest-shuckers in the health care hearing room — with identifying tags, and how many dollars they bring to the table. They're asking folks to write in and identify folks in the picture.
This is brilliant stuff, and well overdue. One looks at a picture like this, and one realizes what our democracy has turned into. One can imagine our legislators talking all day to people like this, perhaps hardly hearing anything from the folks back home — and in any event, surely not hearing a representative sampling of opinions.
It's eye-opening. And given the vast power lobbyists have to shape crucial legislation dealing with, say, your health, or the survival of our species on earth, this should be the big story for our media, day after day after day. This is the story — unless we insist otherwise.