September 20, 2005
-- by John Emerson
This piece shows the news programs scuttling back to Republican orthodoxy after their brief episode of honest Katrina reporting. It also lists the Republican owners of the major broadcast media, of whom Fox's Rupert Murdoch is only the most vivid.
Media political coverage is guided neither by the principles of honest journalism nor by audience demand. It's mostly governed by the owners' and advertisers' desire for deregulation and low taxes. News departments have been trimmed down in order to make them more profitable, and they do pander to the lowest common denominator in order to get bigger audiences, but controlling the political debate is also a major goal.
As I've said many times before, a new national media, across the board, is our only hope. The national media we have now are playing for the other team.
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