Have you ever wondered why the administration and the democrats seem to hate Fox News and the talk radio people so much? It isn’t because they say things about the administration or the democrats that isn’t true. If they said things that weren’t true they would be called out on that statement or sued.
Glenn Beck used to say absolutely outrageous things about this administration and give them a phone number where they could call up while he was on the air and deny his charges. The phone never rang.
No the reason Fox News and the talk radio people are so hated is that they refuse to be “managed”, they say what they please, political correctness be damned.
A democracy can not long survive without a free and independent news environment. We have witnessed the overthrow of several countries during the last couple of years. The first objective of the people who are trying to overthrow the country is to take over the radio and TV stations.
Before the hardliners regained control of Russia that country had some independent news sources and the first thing the hardliners did was to put them out of business one way or the other. Those news sources could not be “managed”, they did not follow the dictates of the government.
Once the government takes over the news environment the news becomes whatever the government wants it to be. In countries that have only one political party the news tells the citizens how great the president and the other people they have to vote for really are. When bad things happen the news either ignores them, or puts a positive spin on them.
When you find countries where the population seems to hate Americans, or the citizens of some other nation you might suspect that the news agencies in that country might be behind those views. After all North Korea, Iran, and Palestine are not swarming with ugly Americans. The few Americans who visit those countries seem to wind up in jail so those places are not jet set destinations.
There is a lot of news management going on in this country. I am not going to point any particular source out and tell you that the folks at this or that agency tend to put a liberal spin on the news. Nor would I tell you that some particular outfit tends to broadcast stuff that resembles propaganda from time to time.
I like my news straight; no political spin. If the government tries to pass a bill that is flawed I expect our country’s news agencies to point out that problem, not gloss over it. The press used to investigate democratic administrations just as thoroughly as republican administrations. It should not make any difference should it?
We the people need to have some serious discussions on this topic. A democracy can not endure without a free and independent news environment.