RFK Jr. Slams 'Right-Wing Control of American Media'

December 10, 2012 - 12:08 PM

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Robert F. Kennedy Jr. blames Fox News for the nation's deep political divisions. (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) – Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a lawyer and environmental activist, told the Huffington Post that the "right-wing" controls the media in the United States and as a result has “divided our country” in a way not seen since the Civil War.

HuffPost Live host Josh Zepps asked Kennedy: “In the era of when your uncles and your father were ascendant, it did seem like politics was an easier game to play, or that there was more collaboration. Do you have any thoughts on that?”

“There’s two things happening,” Kennedy said.  “One is the influence of big money on politics and the other is the right-wing control of the American media, particularly starting with Fox News.

“95 percent of talk radio in our country is right-wing,” he said.  “And you need—according to Pew [Research Center] survey—and so you have whole sections of our country that’s what they are hearing from when they wake up in the morning to when they go to bed at night.

“Twenty-two percent of Americans say their primary news source is Fox News,” Kennedy said Friday in an interview with Huff Post Live.

“And I think that that has--it's divided our country in a way that we haven't been divided probably since the Civil War,” he said. “And it's empowered large corporations to get certain kinds of politicians and ideologues who are in the United States Congress elected--the Tea Party ideologues who control the Republican Party."

Kennedy, the son of Robert F. Kennedy, is the president of Waterkeeper Alliance, an environmental activist group that specializes in litigation to enforce the Clean Water Act.