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State-run media

Rush Limbaugh has been effectively lampooning the mainstream media for quite a while by referring to them as the “state-run media.”  Now the venerable Wall Street Journal has published a piece from Lee Bollinger, president of Columbia University,  advocating government subsidies for mainstream media. Full disclosure: Bollinger’s bio says he’s a director of the Washington Post corporation, so if his proposal were accepted, some of your money would be going into his pocket.

Actually, he doesn’t call his pets “mainstream media,” but that’s what he’s talking about.  He’s certainly not advocating a hike in his taxes to support my blog.  No, it’ll be t’other way around if he gets his way.

Actually, news reporting is doing just fine.  True, some old media like the New York Times are committed to Jurassic leftism and are losing readers and money fast.  Nobody wants to read their old Soviet stuff any more.  If they want to keep printing it, fine, but they need to do it on their own dime like Jack Chick printing comic book Gospel tracts.  That’s the way free enterprise is supposed to work.  If you produce something people are willing to pay for, they will.  The freeness of the market is supposed to protect us from the gangster government forcing us to support opinions we oppose.

The subtext of Bollinger’s article is that the public (the people who have the money Bollinger wants) is too dumb to know what is in its own interest.  So Bollinger proposes what leftists everywhere reflexively propose: a government take over.  He wishes to control what you read by taking away some of your money and seeing to it that your brain gets a steady diet of state-approved doctrine.  I wonder if Bollinger is capable of comprehending that the beliefs underlying this very article are exactly why the old media are dying out.

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