“When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly preposterous and its speaker a raving lunatic.” –Dresden James
I know what you're thinking ... yet another conservative article offering anecdotal evidence of "liberal media bias" and decrying the fact that Republican candidates can't get a fair shake in the "main stream media" and/or how the media seems to be hell bent on re-elcting Barack Obama. But you would be wrong. I am going to proceed from the assumption that the foregoing is both self evident and not a news flash to anyone.
Instead, I would like to pose a question: Given the fact that the left wing media constantly pushes the liberal democratic agenda that 1) the country is controlled by the greedy "One Percenters" (presumably almost all conservative republicans) that have way too much wealth for their own or anybody else's good, and 2) that the purpose of government is to strip said greedy One Percenters of their wealth and redistribute it, why in the world do the "One Percenters" put up with it?
Well, you might say that there is free speech in our country and freedom of the press, and you would be right. However, at least for now, there is still also free enterprise and if the Republicans control most of the wealth, why don't a few of them simply get together and buy controlling interest in one of the primary broadcast networks ... and throw the leftists out on their collective ear?
It can't be done you say? Ponder a few numbers here: Market Capitalization for the "Big Three" broadcast networks are as follows: CBS $21.83 billion, NBC approximately $13billion (Comcast bought 51% interest in NBC in 2011 for about $6.5billion) and ABC $10.28 billion. This means that controlling interest (51% of voting shares) in CBS could be had for $11.14 billion, in NBC for $6.5 billion (assuming you could persuade Comcast to sell) and in ABC for a mere $5.24 billion.
Of course, most will say that the idea is crazy, after all, people don't have $5.24 billion dollars lying around in their checking account, it's an enormous amount of money. However, consider the Forbes list of the Top 400 Richest Americans. The average net worth of the top 400 is $4.2 billion dollars and the combined net worths of the top 400 is a staggering $1.7 trillion dollars. That's 1700 times a billion. Suddenly $5.24 billion is starting to look like chump change.
Now granted, there are some lefties in the Top 400 (Like Bill Gates and George Soros) but if we are to believe the mainstream media (and Barack Obama), the Republican party is made up almost entirely of greedy, money grubbing wallstreet types who care nothing for their neighbor ... surely there are enough conservative republican "One Percenters" who could get together to buy controlling interest in at least one of the major media outlets? What good is having all of that economic muscle if you don't use it?
A counter argument is that "One Percenters" didn't get to be one percenters by throwing their money away on causes ... they are prudent investors who eschew such things in favor of maximizing returns. But think of the indirect return to all of their other business interests of being able to influence government and sway politicians and the voting public to embrace a pro-business agenda? And how long will their wealth be safe if the country continues to be influenced by the left wing redistributionists? And aren't these people tired of being punching bags for the likes of every left wing talking head that anchors an evening news (and I use that term loosely) show?
Besides, wouldn't it be just good clean fun to see the likes of Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopolous in the unemployment line?