Thursday, January 24, 2013

"We Are Witnessing the Full and Seamless Fusion of Media Power with Government Power"

And now, an important message from Ace of Spades.

And I've mentioned this before, but I'm truly alarmed about it: What we are witnessing is the full and seamless fusion of media power with government power.

The media used to hide it a bit, in their actions; they would temper their scorn of conservatism, throw them a bone now and again just to prove they were capable of such a thing.

No longer. The media no longer hides it in their actions. They are fully fused with the Obama Administration and DNC. The only way in which they do hide it is by simply lying when confronted about it: They'll issue a snide denial, then go about doing precisely what it is they were accused of doing.

This is dangerous and unhealthy. I keep banging this drum but honestly, some patriotic billionaires do have to band together to purchase or build a media outlet. The outlet would be founded upon a simple premise: that it is dangerous and ultimately fatal for democracy for media power to fuse with government power, that the adversarial press is vital.

There's a lot more and you should read it. Go ahead, I'll wait. ...

Ace hits a key point in the last paragraph that I quoted but barely mentions it again. Unless rich, right-wingers actually put some money behind conservative and libertarian mainstream news outlets, nothing is going to change. Glenn Beck is trying to do something like that with The Blaze but he's not doing anything that can be considered mainstream. That would still be true even if he had managed to buy Current TV from Al Gore. Doing so would have made him an instant competitor to Fox News on some cable systems but that's not exactly mainstream.

To really make a dent, people like Beck, the Koch's, Donald Trump, etc. would need to buy one of the big three: ABC, NBC or CBS. ABC is owned by Disney and I don't see them giving that up for any price. NBC would be the most fun if only to watch the hard-core socialists that host their shows squirm.

There seems to be a real reluctance among wealthy conservative to put money into media, old or new. You don't see conservative versions of the Huffington Post or MoveOn.org getting huge influxes of cash from conservative money men the way those sites do. Until the money shows up for conservative journalism in the mainstream, the problems Ace describes are going to continue to get worse.