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No, I'm not saying they lack editorial lines.

I am saying that they must, however, respond to market forces.  The owners' interests are served by earning more profit.  It just so happens that, in the case of (say) Murdoch, the conservative line was a money-maker for several years, and he was thus able to serve his ideological interests along with his microeconomic interest.  The problem for Murdoch is that this is no longer much of a money-maker, and we see that reflected in Fox's fall in the ratings.  In contrast, Keith Olbermann -- who, of course, takes a more liberal line (not that "more liberal" tells you much when compared to the extremism at Fox) -- is enjoying huge gains over at MSNBC, as is, I think, Matthews.

Clear Channel was looking for ratings when it ran the 1,000 unAmerican songs gig.  It was capitalizing on the post-9/11 mentality the public was stuck in.  As we all know, this was done by many people shortly after 9/11 and all the way up to the 2004 election.  I haven't the slightest idea as to which songs were on the CC program, but I suspect the company would be far less likely to get away with it today.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Wed Dec 27th, 2006 at 02:19:29 PM EST
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