Editor’s Note: Just a reminder of how rotten things are in our wonderful country. Great concentration, disgusting, but, as I have argued elsewhere, did we really have more diversity of opinion and better news quality when 50 or 100 private media corporations played the field? My view is that it is the class nature of the ownership and control of the media that stamps its programming bias, not just the number of owners. In the 1950s-1960s, we had a lot less concentration than today, but, at the end of the day, American media was as rotten as today, give or take a few iotas. We had Korea. We had Vietnam. We had coups in scores of nations. Labor was beginning to be quietly repressed. If the media had been doing their job none of that could have happened. But it did.
Something to think about. —P. Greanville
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