Not April fool’s. Some 25 media stations read from a script a political message that has now been compiled into a video which has shocked America, at least the internet part of it.
“Seattle-based ABC affiliate KOMO-TV says its owner, the conservative-leaning Sinclair Broadcast Group, is forcing its reporters to air pre-scripted segments about fake news media, in an attempt to undermine non-Sinclair stations,” left leaning ThinkProgress says.
The Sinclair Broadcast Group “is the largest television station operator in the United States by number of stations, and largest by total coverage; owning and/or operating a total of 193 stations across the country,” according to wikipedia.
More widely, only five corporations, that is five individuals or families, control some 90% of all media in America, that includes movies, according to Ben Bagdikian, whose latest edition of The Media Monopoly says:
“The number of corporations controlling most of the media decreased to 5: Disney, News Corporation, Time Warner, Viacom, and Bertelsmann,” something which, Bagdikian says:
“Gives each of the five corporations and their leaders more communications power than was exercised by any despot or dictatorship in history.”
The scripted broadcast in question might have a conservative slant to it, but just how unanimous the TV and print media can be was most obvious during the 2016 election.
The internet however played a crucial role towards counterbalancing what some are now calling outright propaganda.
Which is why many fear there are attempts underway to turn the internet into a scripted environment too.
In particular, Reddit is owned by a corporate media giant and has recently been on a banning spree, while at the same time allowing moderators who may have political agendas to engage in ruthless censorship.
The prime example is r/politics, which during the election became in effect r/hillary. In line with other mainstream media which declared a 99% chance of Hillary winning, Reddit’s founder, but not current owner, went to great lengths to quarantine Trump’s sub.
The point being made by the video, however, regardless of left or right political views, is that of a controlled media, especially TV media, but also print.
The fourth estate has now seemingly become far too centralized, and they often speak in one voice, even when, or especially when, public opinion is against them.
Which is why we think it is paramount that decentralized versions of Reddit, Facebook, Twitter, preferably also Google, are made as convenient and as appealing as the centralized counterparts, because power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.