Robert W. McChesney and John Nichols

ROBERT W. MCCHESNEY is a Gutgsell Endowed Research Professor in the Institute of Communications Research and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. McChesney has written or edited several books, including the award-winning Telecommunications, Mass Media, and Democracy: The Battle for the Control of U.S. Broadcasting, 1928-1935 (Oxford University Press, 1993), Corporate Media and the Threat to Democracy (Seven Stories Press, 1997), the multiple award-winning Rich Media, Poor Democracy: Communication Politics in Dubious Times (University of Illinois Press, 1999; paperback version with new preface: New Press, 2000), and, with John Nichols, It's the Media, Stupid! (Seven Stories Press, 1998) and Our Media, Not Theirs: The Democratic Struggle Against Corporate Media (Seven Stories Press, 2002). McChesney is the co-founder of Free Press, a national media reform organization. McChesney also hosts the "Media Matters" weekly radio program every Sunday afternoon on WILL-AM radio.

JOHN NICHOLS is Washington correspondent for the Nation Magazine and associate editor of The Capital Times in Madison, WI.  He is the author of Jews for Buchanan: Did You Hear the One About the Theft of the American Presidency (The New Press).  He is a recipient of the Clarion Award for newspaper column writing and Inland Press Association honors for best editorial writing on an American newspaper.