reply to post by mayabong
Yes, but this is the US and everything is on its head. You could say that in the US, privatization is the new State control mechanism. It's inverted.
For example, I would argue that what goes for state-run media in this nation is corporate media. The redeeming feature of NPR is that there are not
advertisers, per say. Although, there are underwriters and perhaps that does affect or skew the messages delivered by The Diane Rhem Show and The
Story, and probably to a lesser extent Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me (joke).
The main thought is that NPR is left, but if I remember correctly, the balance was at 54% conservative last time I checked (and whatever that means:
just the employees or the stories covered, not sure).
Ironically, I would argue that the impression that NPR gets for being "left" is either that the country is so far right, centrism looks leftist or
that any argument against the main messages of the corporate media has been spun to seem anti-American, and the same people who would see the
opposition of those two sides that way would also probably, to some extent, see left as synonymous with anti-American.
When it comes down to it, I would rather see media be 100% independent of corporations, single influencial persons or groups, and perhaps, arguably,
the government (I would support local government sponsorship of local media - but that does nothing to get the news out of Lybia to my TV screen or
I don't think there is an easy answer here, but considering the state of affairs regarding ComcastMSNBCNNewsCorpTimeWarnerDisney, I'd rather see
some balance by maintaining NPR and PBS in place, rather than throwing the baby out with the bath water.