As promised, the House of Representatives’ newly elected Tea Party caucus is preparing to take a scalpel to the national budget. Understandably, they don’t want to touch things like defense spending, Medicare, and Social Security, because a high percentage of Tea Partiers are completely reliant on these government-run services. Instead, they are taking an even sharper scalpel to the other 36% of the budget, where so much wasteful spending often occurs on things such as education and scientific research.
The latest casualty in the battle of the Tea Party Express has been, regrettably, public funding for public broadcasting. Claiming everything from liberal bias to child abuse, the Republican droneswarm turned its bloodlust on several part-publicly-funded media outlets, such as PBS and NPR, which cater almost exclusively to the 0-7 and 55+ demographics. They’ve always hated the public media outlets, but to destroy them once and for all, the Republicans had to get creative about it.
The FOX News Formula for Financial Success
Fox News, the Republican propaganda outfit, is corporate owned, like its supporters think everything should be. What the Republicans know that Democrats don’t seem to get is that the ideal propaganda machine is corporate-owned. Unlike the government, a corporate entity has all kinds of protections from outside interference, meaning it can basically do or say whatever it wants. (There’s no license you need to get to start a “news” agency, by the way. You’re reading Tropiganda News, right now, fair and balanced.) By constantly applying pressure from the outside-in, corporations can control both the national conversation and the government’s reaction to it, coming out on top via “compromise” rather than endlessly try to cover up the tracks from within.
They Never Grew A Pair
- Epitaph for public broadcasting funds
In reality, NPR has been notoriously ineffective in promoting any sort of liberal cause for many, many years, being deathly afraid of being called liberal. NPR tries so hard to be politically correct that their anchorpeople usually sound like they’re being lobotomized on the spot. If the point of NPR was to influence anyone, it clearly didn’t work. Despite its availability practically everywhere for free, its ratings are so poor compared to commercial radio that the majority of donations come from only a few rich listeners. Maybe they should be defunded, but what are the chances that the airspace would be devoted to impartial news and information if a corporation got its grubby hands on it? Would you care?
That’s why public broadcasting was never effective against Fox, and that’s why only a new model for information distribution based on threat-of-transparency is needed to combat the machine, one that can operate outside the bounds that news agencies are bound by (except FOX apparently).
Sup @Wikileaks? Save our books from the GOP firemachine, please.
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