It has been a long time that the MSM has become so corrupted, so biased, so purposeless, that it not longer deserves nor has the capacity for being the 4th branch of government. It has largely become nothing more than a propaganda arm of the democrat party and has turned "journalism" from a somewhat respectable profession to a hobby egotistical, math-imparied children major in because they want to avoid real work. But whereas you, I, and anybody with an ounce of intellectual honesty can see this, the general masses, not to mention the modern day journalists who populate the industry, don't. The people still trust the big three networks, swallowing anything the MSM puts in front of them, and the people in the MSM are too arrogant and stupid to see themselves for the leftist shills they truly are.
Of course there are pockets of resistance in the dinosaur/MSM industry. Joe Soucheray is one of those pockets and in a non-brown-nosing way is about one of the few true and genuine journalists left. However, (in true journalist form) he uncovered a story that should not only strike fear into the hearts of every American, but only goes to show you why the MSM really has completed the transformation from 4th branch of government to propaganda arm.
The FCC is trial ballooning the idea of having a government bureaucrat in each newsroom to ensure "underserved" markets are getting "critical news." (this links to a podcast and yes, you should download it and listen to the whole thing).
Now I'm not going to beat the same old drum that you, I, and anybody who's been paying attention already knows. MSM is biased. Journalism is dead, yada yada yada. But I will say this:
The above makes it official. The internet and podcasting are now officially the 4th branch of government.
The fact that NO major news media outlet ran the above story on their front pages only confirms just how in bed with government and socialism the MSM is. It takes a dying breed of journalist like Soucheray to highlight it and bring it to the forefront with what mediocre platform he has. So if the MSM is going to be so blatantly compliant and unnerved by what is nothing more than a brazen and frightening assault on the first amendment, it's going to be up to us "nerdy bloggers" and "citizen journalists" to do their job for them.
Thankfully this is easy. And not only is it easy, it's easy to do a better job than they do. Instead of answering to a narrative, we simply dig for the truth. And any rookie blogger in his pajamas, drinking coffee in his basement who follows that simple rule will be a better journalist than most of the kids graduating with "Masters in Journalism" from today's laughable schools. But the real reason the internet, blogging, podcasting, youtubing, etc., will surpass the MSM not only in terms of being the 4th branch, but in terms of popularity and widespread acceptance is that the MSM is old. From the corpse that is Diane Sawyer to the burnt out 60's hippies in the boardrooms of the media giants, their stories and narratives are getting old, repetitive, and stale.
Whereas they think a story about a gay football player is news, people under 45 don't care and don't like the insinuation of being a homophobe.
Whereas they think racism is still a problem, people under 45 don't care and don't like the insinuation of being a racist.
Whereas they think the "wage gap" is real, people under 45 know better and don't like the insinuation of being a sexist.
In short, the narrative of "lecture, berate, and belittle" has run its propagandist course, and instead of lies, politics, and social engineering, younger generations simply want the truth. And exposing the government's desire to take over the MSM, AND the MSM's dropping its panties and spreading of its legs in the form of silent acceptance is just a good of a starting point as any.