Rush Limbaugh, a conservative radio commentator, describes the mainstream media as the “drive-by media” with its connotations of indiscriminate opposition bashing, character assassination, and the lack of civility. Editorial decisions are now made with one eye on the political slant that will best benefit the controlling companies, and one eye on the bottom line. The corporate view is tainted, in that it looks for the best way to advance the corporation’s financial interests. The result is this – instead of behaving as the Watchdog of Democracy, the media has become the Lapdog of government which in turn is controlled by vast corporate interests. The equal-time rule specifies that U.S. radio and television broadcast stations must provide an equivalent opportunity to any opposing political candidates who request it. This means, for example, that if a station gives a given amount of time to a candidate in prime time, it must do the same for another candidate who requests it, at the same price if applicable. This rule originated in the Radio Act of 1927; it was later superseded by the Communications Act of 1934. A related provision, in §315(b), that requires that broadcasters offer time to candidates at the same rate as their “most favored advertiser”. This, however, is not the rule of thumb any longer. Corporations control and media obeys. The equal-time rule was created because the FCC was concerned that broadcast stations could easily manipulate the outcome of elections by presenting just one point of view, and excluding other candidates. The equal-time rule should not be confused with the now-defunct Fairness Doctrine, which dealt with presenting balanced points of view on matters of public importance. The New York Times, Washington Post, and Huffington Post, once bastions of fairness and investigative reporting, are now characterized by “fake news.” As for television journalism, the alphabet channels such as CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS and the British BBC are but poor representations of a “free press.” George S. Martinez
When monopolies exist, objectivity and fairness diminishes.
The term “mainstream media” has become synonymous with political bias and false reporting. Believe it or not, the media is synchronized with the corrupt political system that is “on the take.” Look at it this way. If Trump is ridding Congress of the congressmen and congresswomen in D.C. who get millions from special interests, don’t you think they would want Trump stopped or assassinated? Hell babe! Anyone who gets elected to our Congress leaves with a personal worth of millions, if not billions. Pelosi, Feinstein and the majority of members of Congress are millionaires — (271 of the 533 members). Hey, I don’t want to be a billionaire, I just want to have a private life to enjoy the remainder of my life with family, friends and my community. I hope that Trump will do the right thing, but if he doesn’t I know I will. Beware the friends of my enemies! The Mainstream Media, Congress (House and Senate), the Judicial System (Department of Justice and Supreme Court and District Federal Courts), and the Executive branch before Trump (Barrack Husein Obama, George Bush W. and, Bill Clinton). How is that possible you might ask? It’s quite simple actually. In 1983, 90% of American media was owned by 50 companies. In 2011, that same 90% is controlled by 6 companies.