Saturday, November 06, 2010

Pro-Left missing the big picture on Olbermann?

While Keith's suspension is ridiculous, and I'm sure he's just hating all the attention, the Comcast connection is being widely overlooked. Building a bit on my last post, I feel reasonably certain that one big issue that won't be addressed on teevee by anyone is why the reporters are barred from contributions but the owners are free to give millions -- mainly to GOPers. Nor will the related issue of media consolidation.

In the flurry of immediate reaction, it was being reported Comcast had already taken over MSNBC. But it hasn't happened yet:
We have been notified that Comcast has not yet officially taken over MSNBC/NBC Universal. Although Comcast has tentatively finalized a deal to purchase a majority stake in NBC, Comcast awaits final approval of the takeover from the Justice Department and from the Federal Communications Commission.
Comcast, of course, publicly denies any involvement in current personnel decisions. But it's not hard to imagine a cocktail meeting where Comcast's very right wing COO casually mentions he's thinking of pulling out of the deal unless certain changes are made before the final signing.

Our major media is in the hands of a half dozen very rich men. No matter how they strategically place their political donations, their self-interest in shilling politicians who will maintain the corporate welfare system is obvious. Whether they do it "in your face" overtly like Fox or covertly like NBC, it's still the real problem. A dangerous one.

The point being, it would be really good to stop this merger. Maybe I'm just old and indulging in revisionism, but thinking there was a time, back in the dark ages when Leftopia was still young, that the pro-left would have coalesced around that larger issue.

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Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

I'm too lazy to look it up, but didn't the "fairness doctrine" die with Reagan's false dawn?

It used to be that since the frequency spectrum was a natural resource, it was allocated by the FCC and in return for using a national resource the user was obligated to spend a certain amount of time paying us back by broadcasting the news and public service information. In balance to the inevitable bias, we tried to keep it from becoming a monopoly and we allowed opposing viewpoints free airtime.

Boy has it changed. Even the fairness doctrine wouldn't work well any more since the cable networks are private and don't use the airwaves and the country is so goddamned stupid that we equate freedom of speech and freedom of information with one big corporate voice and lots of blogs secretly owned by corporations.

A free for all isn't freedom. What a suicidal nation we are.

11:06:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Yeah, I'm pretty sure Reagan killed the Fairness Doctrine. Not so sure bringing it back wouldn't help some. Lot of old folks since watch the network news. But it won't happen in any event.

Suicidal is a good way to put it.

11:27:00 AM  

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