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Media censorship

2013-05-02T05:35:45+00:00

You’ve probably heard about the murder trial of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell in Philadelphia. Or perhaps you haven’t, because the networks and newspapers have done their best to ignore it. Some media outlets tried to claim it was just  a local news story and wasn’t worth covering. The few who have covered it, like the Associated Press, tried to portray Gosnell as an “elegant” man with a soft smile, who was providing a much-needed service for poor women (a service which included stabbing live babies in the neck and flushing them, still screaming, down the toilet.) A few media representatives have admitted that they tried to censor news about the Gosnell trial because they want to avoid giving abortion a bad name.

The mass media did its best to ignore it, but the story went viral on the Internet, on services like Twitter and YouTube. That’s what’s great about the Internet. The media can’t decide what’s news anymore. Everyone decides, now. You can’t stop the signal.

Likewise, have you heard about black college students in a non-stop riot during their spring break in Virginia Beach? Of course not. The national media would never cover it, because that would be racist.

Or the never-ending Pigford scandal, where the Obama administration handed out billions of dollars in “compensation” to anyone who claimed that they were a minority farmer who “attempted to farm” and had been denied farm loans by the United States Department of Agriculture. The mass media generally ignored this scandal (because covering it would damage the Obama administration) until The New York Times finally published a story in April 2013 about it, a story which relied heavily on breitbart.com‘s years-long investigative reporting of the case.

Lately Charles and David Koch, oil billionaires, have been looking at buying failing newspapers (and most of them are failing nowadays). This has prompted a backlash from the liberal media, including USA Today, which claimed that liberal newspapers aren’t worth buying. I thought that was funny. If newspapers like The Chicago Tribune and The Los Angeles Times have no value anymore, it’s because their relentless liberal drumbeat and censorship of news has driven away their readers. Why pay for such tripe when you can get it for free on the Internet, at sites like The Huffington Post or The Daily Kos?

The answer is clear. People don’t like censorship. And when the media proves that it can’t be trusted to be a reliable conduit for news, then consumers will go elsewhere for their news.

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