posted on Jun, 15 2017 @ 10:20 AM
As what I consider to be a hard core conservative myself, not even I would ever advocate a government takeover of the media. For one thing, at the
very least, people need to realize that while the current president may be conservative this doesn't mean the entire government from top to bottom is
conservative. Government control of the media would only make matters worse, not better. And frankly, this might lead to an even worse left bias in
the media, exactly the opposite of what is needed.
Unwinding the media is a complex undertaking. People need to remember that the media is a product of those who watch it. This is known as
"demographics". It is advertising revenue which drives the networks, and this advertising is specifically designed to target the people watching /
reading. In order to change this one would have to change the demographic of those who watch / read it...no easy task. I think it's pretty safe to
say the vast majority of the people who watch network television (for example) are well left of center when it comes to politics. You can't expect
this to change overnight, or even in the mid-term future. Consequently, these networks are just showing and saying what the people watching "want" to
hear and see, not the unbiased 'truth' and true 'news'.
In the same breath it is unrealistic to similarly conclude, that because the majority of the viewing audience is left leaning that the majority of the
entire population is also left leaning. And this is just exactly what the media would like to have people believe, that they represent the majority
when, in fact, they do not. Not even close. I guess you could characterize this last statement as an argument "for" government control of media.
However, it is not.
As we have seen since the inauguration of the current president, selected elements of the media have already begun to moderate their tone, and this is
how change to the media is brought about. When the message coming from the media differs widely from the reality of what is happening in the world,
people change the "channel". When they change the channel advertisers also change what they advertise and where. When advertising revenue drops the
message changes, and continues to change until that advertising revenue returns. Else they (the networks) don't get a 'paycheck'. We are seeing
exactly this with the recent events. The message is changing.
No, to control the media you need to educate the people, not regulate the media. People have to get up off their lazy asses and go outside to see if
it really is raining outside rather than just sit on their collective butts and live vicariously by the weather (person) on TV. When real-world
events force them to do this, things change.