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Saturday, December 17, 2005

Our failed msm

Tom Bevan has this post , The Media's Incurable Myopia, at Real Clear Politics.

Iraq is tough, to be sure, but it's far from a disaster. The only thing missing from the picture today is knowledge of history and context.

I'd be very much distressed over the msm's failings if it weren't for the fact that newspaper subscriptions are shrinking and we now have right wing political talk radio and the blogosphere. Those elements bring levity and they maintain confidence in the marketplace of information. After all, that's what alternative media is; the satisfaction of marketplace demand.

And this satisfaction maintains confidence in the founding fathers of this country, who wrote the First Amendment:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

The msm may be broken, but our freedom of the press still works just fine as market demands find a way to get information to the people. And better still, the Internet has innovated ways to facilitate the will of the people to be communicated to the general public as well as the halls of power.

We're gonna be just fine.


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