By Chris Rossini
It's become increasingly obvious that the mainstream media in the United States is a mouthpiece for the U.S. government. The major media is unreliable and relentlessly biased, with reporting that's an insult to anyone that can think beyond the present moment.
In fact, younger generations have ditched the mainstream media altogether. Here are the median ages for viewers of the following outlets:
CNN - 61 years old
MSNBC - 63 years old
FoxNews - 67 years old
Considering that seniors vote in large numbers, and are also the least likely to search the Internet for Ron Paul, Ron Paul's Institute, Lew Rockwell, Tom Woods, and The Mises Institute, the mainstream media still has some life left. Time, however, is not on their side.
Unfortunately, the disgust that arises from watching the mainstream media is often channeled incorrectly. Among the most popular are cries against "corporate media". Such blame shows the common misunderstanding of capitalism vs. crony capitalism. America has largely devolved into crony capitalism. Free markets, without some kind of government interference, barely exists in the "land of the free".
As such, there is nothing inherently wrong with corporations per se. Corporations solve our most pressing problems every day of our lives. You're likely reading this article on a computer made by a corporation, or a phone made by a corporation. If you printed it out, you did so on a printer made by a corporation, on paper supplied by a corporation.....You get the picture.
The problem is not "corporate media"!
The problem is when corporations team up with government. That is the issue that we face in America. It should go without saying that government has an extreme interest in co-opting media corporations. The first lasso that government throws over the head of major media is with "licensing" laws. Once that lasso is nice and tight, the rest falls into place for government.
Government then spreads like a virus by deciding which of its "licensed" media outlets can have access to their press conferences, and various other circuses. If the corporation is a good group of team players, government will "regulate" away any upstart competition as well. The licensed company's riches will be virtually guaranteed. This setup goes way back, and has applied to radio and TV as well. It's nothing new.
By contrast, in a normal free market environment (that government has not poisoned) corporations seek to increase the supply of that which is greatly desired. So when someone like Ron Paul runs for President, and people lose their minds with excitement, a normal corporation would not have done something like this:
A normal corporation would have seized on the excitement, and would have provided more of what their customers wanted. It would not have been in their interest to try to hide what their viewers desired.
Fortunately, the Internet has been jackhammering the molds that have been created for our minds. The Internet is charging full force at government's two major strongholds: schools and the media.
Of course, those in power know about this threat. Hillary Clinton famously grumbled about how the Internet has no "gatekeepers." Her husband Bill likewise said that the Internet needs a taxpayer-funded "Ministry of Truth".
The problem that we face is not one of corporations....but of the tag-team of government and corporations.
As with everything else that we're dealing with today, the solution is the same:
Get government out!