I can’t tell how much disdain I have for most of America’s Media now! At one time they were casually called “The Fourth Branch” of our government. We need to remember that when the founders included a Free Press to be one of our fundamental Rights, (and rightly so), the Press of their day consisted of hundreds (maybe thousands) of Privately Owned small Print Shops. They were indeed free! Not so anymore!
As the Radio & Television ERA evolved, it’s survival was based on income from advertising just like its Ma and Pa predecessors. But to expand their outreach and market, required a much higher level of capital. To fill this need, investors were pursued, Corporations were formed and Entertainment was added as a profitable product as solutions to increase exposure and viewership.
Over the decades as technology grew and capital flowed in, the Entertainment Divisions of each Network because of their influence on increased revenues, began to assume leadership positions in the Corporations. After a few more decades the tail began wagging the dog!
Mergers and acquisitions of Print Media in the late 1900s till now, made possible by wealthy major Networks (Broadcast & Cable), have brought that Media under the same “Entertainment Oriented” Management as is the Television Media.
The result is a Hollywood minded, Large Market Oriented, management style in almost all News Organizations! Practically all of today’s Media Management is hired and paid by Entertainment based Structure! So, here we are. Expecting these guys to bite the hands that feed them and give us “Unbiased News”! We’ve allowed this to happen! We no longer have the necessary “Fourth Branch” of Government available to spread pure unadulterated news! The Adage, “we report, “You decide” can no longer be used by any of them until we bust up this “News Monopoly” with Anti Trust Laws! I don’t expect this to happen without gads of Prayer!
November 9, 2017