From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
Let me start by stating what should be the obvious if not the choice of some in the media. In the United States, the media, including all forms, operate in a free market, capitalist system where, except for government and therefore taxpayer subsidized entities like PBS, costs, income and profit are governed by the market place. Like any other business, success is determined by the ability of each media entity to garner market share and that is largely controlled by the choice of content and the people chosen to deliver that content. The bigger the market (i.e., readers, listeners, viewers) the more advertisers, the life blood of the industry, are willing to pay per second of exposure to that market. This should not be news to any of those that have consistently been losing market share and therefore income over all these years. Unless you are brain dead you know that the uber progressive liberal message that is so fervently and feverishly imposed on the American public, predictably, day after day, does not sell.........the majority are not only not interested in it they're thoroughly disgusted, if not bored, with the blatant bias that is espoused daily by the so called main stream media. It has now reached a point where it is almost pure anti-Conservative, anti-American propaganda. And all of these so called brilliant owners, editors, journalists and media "talking heads," the cream of the college educated, intellectual elites steeped in the Liberal dogma that is rampant in our institutions of higher learning have now directed all this brainpower towards a back door solution to this "problem" of diminishing market share. Unfortunately this solution is in violation of the U. S. Constitution which says in part, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.” Not at all dismayed by this "trivia" the plan is to circumvent the Constitution and the Congress and do it via the FTC. Save the taxpayers a great deal of expense, money the government can ill afford, by aborting this effort which, if successful, will be successfully challenged as unconstitutional in the courts. The Progressive propaganda message doesn't sell because the people promulgating it represent the aberrant politics of the intellectual left who cannot bear to accept the obvious fact that their cherished beliefs are not wildly popular. It cannot be their beliefs; it must be that they're just not getting their superior message across and therefore desperately need appropriate regulations to sort of tilt the tide of public opinion in their favor and maybe, at the same time, get rid of Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannidy, Matt Drudge, FOX news.........you know.......all those trash talkers who don't understand the true meaning of journalism and journalistic integrity like the Washington Post, the New York Times, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, The Huffington Post, The Daily Kos, etc. The FTC cannot "level the playing field." Left free, as the Founders intended, the market will level itself, as it should.