For a democracy to function and serve its citizens justly, all of the citizenry needs to be armed with facts. Facts build a foundation for a society. If the facts cannot get to enough people, the democracy will be uniformed, unconcerned and easily manipulated. The framers of America understood the importance fact based reporting and unbiased coverage. Check and balances, anti monopoly laws and rights to media access. The fourth of State needs to live up to its name. The News ought to be unbiased, fact based.
The hot balloon incident was a microcosm of what is wrong with the American media. The news corporations are not concerned about the communities they broadcast in but with how many people view their advertisements, news is the vehicle they use to make their money, change political opinions , manipulate people and take advantage of the news past reputation. They used this story and this family to boost ratings on a weekday afternoon.
Currently there are less than 3 corporations who control television . Think about the local stations, 2, 5, 7, all are under their corporate parent company. General Electric (A/NBC), News Corp(FOX), and (CBS). The news paper industry is just as consolidated. These companies are not concerned about local communities, they are predatory capitalists seeking profit and not much else. Many believe if the American public had been reading and watching independent media, support for the Iraq war could have never been won. The principal in news should be, locality. Currently local stations answer to heartless, profiteers, knows as corporations. The corporate monopoly over American news must be broken up. The news would be different if stations were owned and operated by community members, not just a couple of regional guys transplanted into an area.
“It defies logic how the nation's political class manages to discuss the war(s) and health care reform as though they were unrelated. The actual price tag (more than a trillion dollars) on both wars has already far exceeded the projected cost of the president's health care reform.”
Obviously Fox is the most transparent with their viewpoints. Fox has already shown to be a propaganda machine for Corporations and their fascist buddies, the Republicans. Good news, although Foxes ratings are up, Republican polling numbers continue to spiral into the land of politically irrelevant. Maybe the tide is turning, people are realizing they are not watching news, but what corporations spoon feed them. Progressives should be pushing for legislation that requires media companies have a vetted interest in the local community their broadcast from and in. Something to get news to be, fact based, of local interest and actual news.
Luckily for American we have an administration who seems concerned with corporations consolidating their power. The Chamber of Commerce has long been a lobbying group for big business as well as their international sister group the ICC. The administration at least recognizes their conflict of interest on matter of public policy, for example the chamber refuses to acknowledge their role in climate change. The administration is working towards changing a staple of corporations,
"free enterprise' campaign, which is being pitched as a way to create jobs but is aiming mainly to defeat regulatory reform. More than anything else, there is a widespread belief among White House officials that the Chamber is becoming a relic of the past -- too tied to antiquated policy proposals and removed from the apex of political power it has historically enjoyed."