Saturday, March 07, 2009

Media romp under covers with government

Objective observers of the media know the drill: Liberal government announces newest fascist proposal, and media breathlessly and "objectively" reports it, extrapolating on the alleged benefits to the economy and public -- with the assumption that the government should have anything to do with the economy and that the "public" is the so-called downtrodden.

And so the chickens have been coming home to roost for the media for many years, with subscriptions and TV viewership declining rapidly, and now many media companies are going bankrupt -- something unfathomable just 10 years ago. I wrote that last sentence with a big grin, knowing that justice has finally paid a visit to the abominable and morally corrupt media establishment.

But there are those who blame American ignorance and apathy for the media blues, including Jeffrey McCall, a communications professor at DePauw University who on Thursday had a column printed nationally in which he blasted Americans for their un-interest in national politics, newspaper reading and TV news-show viewership. And so I penned the following letter to the editor to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Mr. McCall's ignorance:

Jeffrey McCall laments that “the citizenry is not holding up its end” in reading newspapers to stay informed, but then he inadvertently finds the answer to this lament at the end of his column: the media are awful.

Let me be a little clearer for Mr. McCall. The media have gone from being the Fourth Estate to the Fourth Branch of government. They are mouthpieces and bullhorns instead of patriotic spies and probing intellects. They are now lapdogs instead of watchdogs.

Government has become their raison d’etre. They dine on a liberal cuisine of welfare, socialized medicine, international appeasement, Obama adulation, wealth jealousy, racism “dialogue,” punitive taxation and a plethora of slogging, cumbersome, uncommunicative, inept government services. Then they smack their self-satisfied lips and wash down their scandalous repast with a snifter of global warming, a glass of recycling and a bottle of environmentalism.

Never has government been so happy to welcome a new bed partner. And as these four romp and giggle under the covers, true American liberty gets a kick in the head – and the media become our avowed enemy.

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