In George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984 Big Bother dictated what the media of the day could and could not tell the people. American’s by and large are still suffering from the psychological delusion that such control could never be exercised over the American Media, which recently has been ruled by the court system to include such independent opinion and current event outlets like Blogs.
Sadly, even a revelation this damning will not wake up those enjoying their digital steaks (like Cypher in The Matrix) theirs is a state oif denial so profound that attempting to wake them merely pisses them off and makes them hostile.
“Everyone talks about the weather,” Mark Twain (apocryphally) observed, “but nobody does anything about it.” To some extent, the same is true about editorial bias. People have complained about bias in news coverage for decades, but only recently have the barriers to market entry been so low as to allow critics to build their own platforms to do anything about it. That frustration with editorial bias led in large part to the explosion of the blogosphere, which forced news outlets to deal substantively with the criticisms they created with their editorial biases.
That is the free-market approach. Should there be a regulatory approach to editorial bias — or is that just an opportunity for government-controlled news? FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai warns that his agency has begun exploring those ends:
But everyone should agree on this: The government has no place pressuring media organizations into covering certain stories.
Unfortunately, the Federal Communications Commission, where I am a commissioner, does not agree. Last May the FCC proposed an initiative to thrust the federal government into newsrooms across the country. With its “Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs,” or CIN, the agency plans to send researchers to grill reporters, editors and station owners about how they decide which stories to run. A field test in Columbia, S.C., is scheduled to begin this spring.
The purpose of the CIN, according to the FCC, is to ferret out information from television and radio broadcasters about “the process by which stories are selected” and how often stations cover “critical information needs,” along with “perceived station bias” and “perceived responsiveness to underserved populations.”
Pai also warns that this will be explicitly political, both in substance and in process:
The FCC also wants to wade into office politics. One question for reporters is: “Have you ever suggested coverage of what you consider a story with critical information for your customers that was rejected by management?” Follow-up questions ask for specifics about how editorial discretion is exercised, as well as the reasoning behind the decisions.
Participation in the Critical Information Needs study is voluntary—in theory. Unlike the opinion surveys that Americans see on a daily basis and either answer or not, as they wish, the FCC’s queries may be hard for the broadcasters to ignore. They would be out of business without an FCC license, which must be renewed every eight years.
Once upon a time in a Marxist nation called The Union of Soviet Socialists States, there was a media outlet that spoke to the world. It was called Pravda and throughout the free world it was laughed at and mocked derisively for the insanely obvious Soviet State Propaganda that it broadcast to the world. Since the fall of the old Soviet Union, Pravda has slowly but steadily gained a reputation as a legitimate News organization, and it seems it will be Pravda having the last laugh as the Mainstream Media in America (AKA The Fifth Column Treasonous Media) trades place with the old Soviet Union Pravda.
The American Fifth column Treasonous Media which has spent the last 70 years whoring itself out to the Marxist ideology it loves, is about to discover first hand what being a Marxist media organ really means. Their proverbial chickens are coming home to roost so to speak. They have enjoyed the freedom to say whatever they wanted, even if it was to push Marxist propaganda, that freedom is literally on the verge of going away. Ask the Trotskyites what exactly that means… If you can find any still alive.