On Thursday, Kyle Drennen at NewsBusters noted that none of the three broadcast networks had covered the intent of the Federal Communications Commission, in the words of Byron York at the Washington Examiner, to “send government contractors into the nation’s newsrooms to determine whether journalists are producing articles, television reports, Internet content, and commentary that meets the public’s ‘critical information needs.'”
I think the roaring silence from the majority of the media over Obama’s FCC wanting to “monitor” the newsrooms of broadcast and print news media speaks volumes.
I’ve long posted that those who support tyranny only do so because they never expect its evil to vested on them, that those who propose it can actually control it and protect them – but like the old fable about the scorpion talking the frog into ferrying him across a flooded stream and then stinging him anyway, tyrants are tyrants just like scorpions are always scorpions – it is their nature.
The media is in league with the Democrats, somewhat because they agree with the ideology, but in greater measure because this alliance gives them the chance to actually participate in the exercise of influence and power, not just to have to report on the outcome.
It is common in leftist regimes for the media to become nothing more than an agency of the government, spouting propaganda, toeing the line and guarding the palace gates. Our so-called “free press” has become nothing short of an additional branch of government, joining the federal bureaucracy as the two unelected, un-appointed and un-vetted tools of the statists.
The Anchoress (Elizabeth Scalia) has a brilliant take on this here, writing:
“The biggest problem in our nation is not the Democrats, or the Republicans; it is not the Obama Administration, just as it wasn’t the Bush Administration, and it won’t be future Clinton or Warren Administrations. Our biggest problem is that the press has voluntarily surrendered its freedoms for the sake of idols and ideologies..
Because this is true, our government is either factionalized, fictionalized and bombarded with daily media outrage and indignation, or it is given an utterly free pass, with no accountability required. Either way, it is a process of illusion, which gives assist to the necessary distraction, and that’s all.”
While I agree, I also would add that ever since the media saw investigative journalism of Woodward and Bernstein destroy a sitting president, they awoke to a new world where they could actively assert power instead of merely reporting on it, giving rise to what I call “outcome journalism”.
Outcome journalism is the process by which the media selects a particular outcome that they desire to see achieved and then 1) actively pursues reportage that supports that end, 2) passively ignores any information to the contrary and 3) actively shields its chosen standard bearers from any damage or responsibility.
A free press is the necessary watchdog over the affairs of government but its master must be the people. When the dog accepts handouts from the wolf it is on guard for, the game is over.