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Bill Moyers: Free Speech For Sale  
Under the Constitution, every American has the right of free speech, but does free speech matter if no one can hear you? Is free speech, and the certainty of being heard, guaranteed only to those who can afford it? Through purchasing massive amounts of advertising for political purposes or by owning the companies that report the news, are powerful corporations able to drown out the voices that disagree with them? Bill Moyers examines the important questions affecting American democracy by looking at industries with deep pockets that used their access to the media -- or in some cases, their control of it -- to attempt to influence public opinion. 
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Bill Moyers: Free Speech For Sale
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06/08/1999 -- 9:00pm
06/08/1999 -- 9:00pm, 2:00am, 4:00am
06/12/1999 -- 4:00am
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