It’s Time to Break Up Big Media
The Cleveland presidential debate was a disgraceful spectacle unworthy of a great nation. However, it was not disgraceful due to the behavior of the candidates ( although senile Joe Biden’s insults were appallingly disrespectful to the presidency ). It was disgraceful due to the performance of the so-called Commission on Presidential Debates and the moderator, Democrat Chris Wallace.
In reality, what occurred in Cleveland and what has occurred in prior years under the control of the Commission was not a debate. It was a joint press conference. A true debate would not have the moderator consistently interrupting one of the candidates, but not the other. A true debate would not permit the moderator to cut off one of the candidates, but not the other. A true debate would not permit the moderator to limit the discussion of relevant issues. A true debate would not permit a moderator of obvious political bias.
The chaos in Cleveland was simply the latest manifestation of the deep-rooted and undeniable lack of even basic objectivity on the part of the American news media. While the media, dominated by graduates of elite journalism schools like Columbia where liberal propaganda flourishes, has had a left bias as long as anyone can remember, it has become pathological in the era of Donald Trump. Entire volumes could be written on the media’s systematic program of character assassination of the President and his Administration over the last four years. There is no need to revisit that here. It has been so obvious it doesn’t require a review.
What needs to be addressed is what to do about it.
Back in the early 1970s, then-Vice President Spiro Agnew became the first national public figure to take on the national press in a bare-knuckled manner. He was reacting to the media’s shilling for American retreat in Vietnam and solidarity with draft card-burners and rioters burning down America’s cities.
Agnew accurately described the three major networks ( at that time ) as being little more than a cabal of privileged elites who collaborated to create their own version of the news which was then spoon-fed to the American public every evening at 7 pm. Agnew pointed out how the headlines and storylines were always in sync, never varying, but indicative of the fact that the so-called competitors CBS, ABC, and NBC actually conspired to feed the same narrative to the American people night after night.
Of course, what we face today is a far more serious concentration of power in the hands of a small corporate elite which dominates America’s information system.
Today, 90% of U.S. media is controlled by just six media conglomerates: GE/Comcast ( NBC,Universal ), News Corp ( Fox News, Wall Street Journal, New York Post ), Disney ( ABC, ESPN, Pixar ), Viacom ( MTV, BET, Paramount Pictures ), Time Warner ( CNN, HBO, Warner Bros. ) and CBS ( Showtime, NFL.com ). The wealthiest man on the planet, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, owns the Washington Post. 232 media executives control what media 330 million Americans consume. That’s one media executive for every 1.4 million American consumers!
This media consolidation is compounded by the Big Tech monopoly in which the digital despots maintain Orwellian-like control of the Internet. Through Google, Yahoo, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter, online news is controlled by just a handful of corporations whose accumulated wealth is greater than the Gross Domestic Product of most nations on Earth. The Big Tech monopolies determine what you can see and read on the Internet, manipulate algorithms to downgrade conservative news outlets on search engines, and outright censor content, determining what they believe is factual content. And, most of these corporations lavishly fund the Democrat Party and its candidates, creating a yawning conflict-of-interest when it comes to their coverage of campaigns and elections.
The global corporations who control the news media and the Internet detest Donald Trump precisely because he is an anti-globalist. The global corporations seek to amass massive power and wealth by offshoring American jobs and onshoring cheap illegal immigrant labor. As Trump’s policies are diametrically opposed to their agenda, they seek his destruction. The so-called reporters and journalists who vilify him and members of his Administration are not reporters or journalists at all. They are simply paid PR hacks, doing the bidding of their corporate masters. They have no journalistic skills or ethics. Their goal is not to inform but to propagandize. They are no better than the Nazi Party hacks who served Joseph Goebbels in 1930s Germany.
At the turn of the 20th Century, railroad and oil monopolies led by corporate barons like John D. Rockefeller ruled the land, manipulating prices and driving farmers and small merchants out of business. A President named Theodore Roosevelt took them on. He took on the trusts and enacted anti-monopoly laws to curb their pernicious influence. The Supreme Court ruled that the Standard Oil monopoly was a threat to the republic and must be immediately dissolved.
The situation is little different today, only the players have changed. It’s not the oil companies or railroads or even the airlines or automobile manufacturers who are threats to the republic. The greatest threat to any nation is any group that controls and manipulates the free flow of news and information in order to rig elections and influence public policy. The debate in Cleveland was election interference on the part of NewsCorp employee Chris Wallace to bail out a doddering Democrat named Joe Biden. It was far greater than anything Russia ever did. The enemy is indeed within, not without.
What needs to happen now, in a Trump second term, is for Attorney General Bill Barr to dust off the antitrust laws and empower the Antitrust division of the Justice Department to break up the Big Media and Big Tech monopolies as a threat to the republic. They must be declared monopolies in restraint of trade and once broken up, must be prohibited from re-organizing under other names. Their tax breaks and privileges should be revoked. And, the libel and slander laws should be reformed to prevent these corporate flacks masquerading as journalists from hiding behind the First Amendment to shield them from the consequences of their lies.
Big Media and Big Tech want to take America down. It’s time for America to take them down.
Dr. James Veltmeyer is a prominent La Jolla physician voted “Top Doctor” in San Diego County in 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017, and 2019. Dr. Veltmeyer can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and by visiting his website at drveltmeyer.com
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