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I think here the media is on very dangerous ground. I think that when you see them going through every single expense report that Governor Palin ever filed, if they don't do that for all four of the candidates, they're on very dangerous ground. I think the media so far has been the biggest loser in this race. And they continue to have growing credibility problems.
A large part of the US media is trying to become an quasi- agent of the government. If you view them as a group seeking security then their actions are easily explained.
Unconsciously they are striving to become a Fannie Mae of news, immune from consequences*. To be free to just keep producing words and pictures, big salaries and good times.
They are merely following the NEA and hundreds of other government supported entities who need not depend on satisfying the public as long as they can bribe the Congress.
Since the Democratic Party is the traditional supporter of more government activities the US media will support it.
Those nasty Republicans might actually reduce the size and scope of government. That is exceedingly unlikely of course. But why take any chances?
*One can say the stockholders of Fannie Mae were not immune from consequences. That is true. At the moment their stock is nearly worthless. But the stockholders are not Fannie Mae. The employees and the agency sail on. A few deck chairs are rearranged, reform is pretended, lectures on integrity are endured, and soon the dogs will cease barking.
Also, it might be nice if they reported - at least in summary - the expense accounts they didn't find anything wrong with. Just as a percentage comparison, y'know?
Assistant Village Idiot
The government can't save the press. They have nothing to do with the press other than to guarantee it freedom. Democrat, Republican... it doesn't matter as the press/media is eating its young. I hope they choke on the spew.
The genius of this country is that we the people hire our government and our institutions. We hired the press to be our watchmen, not our leaders. We have put them on probation. If they don't straighten up we'll give them a pink slip.
Relax folks. We the people have done a pretty good job so far - longest lived democracy on earth.
The MSM has invested a lot in Obama, making this election a watershed for them. If Obama loses, I look forward to seeing a lot of newspapers and periodicals fail, and their employees out of work as McCain voters in the future look elsewhere for their news and information. The MSM's desperate attempts to sway each election for their guy will not be forgiven this time, so extreme has been their bias and venom.
These guys have a tin ear that may require a new term to describe. They get their worldview from MTV. They don't realize that 70% to 80% of the voters in this country don't understand or use computers.
Meta: agreed the government can't save the press and under our present scheme can only leave it alone.
I was arguing that many in the MSM feel increasing economic pressure. And they also feel they are becoming less secure and important. And those feelings are in good part correct.
What form of government policies are preferred by those under economic pressure, those who feel less secure and less important?
Hint: It isn't smaller government and unhampered economic competition.
No. Such people want the government to provide security, a nobody-gets-hurt society, a can't- you-see-how-mean- competition-is society, a self-esteem-for-everyone society, where all the kids are above average.
Which party would they favor?
Added comment: A free media presents a very difficult problem in a socialist society. If the socialism is total the government owns all. It isn't hard to figure out how free the media is then.
It seems to follow that as a nation becomes more, but not totally, socialistic the freedom of the media must be eroded away. But exactly how is not clear. And at this hour who cares?