Seriously, Corporate Media, you’re drunk. Turn in your badge, give us your key to the mail room, hand in your name tag, bring in every uniform because then, and only then, will you get your deposit back. It’s over. It’s been over. Your model and way of doing things is completely and utterly dead, and there’s no going back.
First, let’s start at the beginning. Your structure is tragically flawed. Your main concern is profit, and you make no qualms about it. That’s why we didn’t really hear much about Dakota Access from you guys, all that advertising money from the oil and gas companies would be rough to say goodbye to wouldn’t it? Plus, we wouldn’t want to hold anybody’s feet to the fire or anything or call a racist a racist because less access could be bad for ratings. Not to mention, we’re not going to hear many “get money out of politics” stories are we? Because we all know where a lot of that money goes…
This is no conspiracy, this is called Conflict of Interest 101. Wanting to have a democracy and having the media structure we have is like trying to have a gourmet restaurant and cooking exclusively with spam–it ain’t gonna work. Not to mention if other countries did what we did we’d be the first to point fingers. “Hey did you guys hear (Insert similar Democratic Experiment Nation here)’s media is controlled by the same people that make bombs and have financial incentives for endless war? We better get over there and spread some democracy!” (Sidenote: MSNBC is no longer owned by General Electric, they’re now owned by the company known for its satisfied customers and exemplary customer service, Comcast).
Not to mention the sinking Titanic that is the corporate media’s viewership. The average Fox News viewer is 68-years-old, that is old enough that the concept of a cougar no longer applies to them. Over at MSNBC and CNN they’re a little more hip and with it as they have the spry ages of 61 and 63. Not saying there’s anything wrong with those ages, there’s not, so put down the pitchforks Baby Boomers, I love the Beatles too. Just saying when that’s your average age it means you’re fading out. Maybe take a lesson from Neil Young and just call it a day early, huh Corporate Media? And, generally speaking, older people tend to migrate towards cable news more so than other demographics for the sole reason that they’re less likely to realize they have choices.
Which brings us to the final nail in the coffin: the 2016 election. Your coverage was atrocious, studies from Harvard University agree.Whether it be embellishing numbers during the primary so the less-establishment candidate doesn’t have a chance at winning or giving a reality TV star billions in free air-time, you failed the public miserably. You weren’t pro-Clinton and you weren’t necessarily pro-Trump either, you were pro-your own agenda, which is to maximize profit at any cost, even if that cost is negating your obligation to inform the public.
Your day is over, there’s no going back. You still have a large platform, you still steer the conversation, but those days are ending. The story of DAPL broke no thanks to you, and that will slowly become the norm. You are not fair and balanced, you are tragically censored by special interests, you are not doing a public service, you are conducting private enterprise, you are not mainstream, you are corporate, and you are not objective, you are neutral and useless. Finally, going back to the DAPL example, that story broke because of journalists that displayed something your companies have lacked for a long time because it’s something that doesn’t have a price tag…courage.
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