If our regulatory agencies are compromised by those industries that they are bound to regulate, and the press is oblivious (even when it is obvious) to it, then what recourse do we have for getting the facts? It appears that in too many cases it has been lower-ranking civil servants who have blown the whistle, exposing some of the most major misdeeds of the current Administration. How many civil servants are willing to go the distance when their own personal lives are at stake? Would there have been a "Deep Throat" if he had viewed the press as complicit?
I wonder if Lippmann would have the same view of corporate ownership of the press if he had seen the transformation of it into the oligopoly that it has now largely become, its primary focus not on journalism but rather the marketing of products and services?
I'll hold up the example of General Electric, a corporation whose primary focus is to create power systems and products that use those power systems. Can GE really have the "soul" of journalism at its heart? More likely journalism is viewed as an ancillary function.
So what is their agenda of having the ownership of a piece of our press/media? It is to control the "message." So in turn the press is transformed into a corporate lapdog with a memory of a goldfish. The current press should not be viewed as "seeking truth" but rather as "pushing product."
Dec 31 2007 - 6:21pm