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The News Anti-Merchants

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Submitted by LDC (United States), Aug 16, 2006 at 09:37

Theory: The polarizatization of American partisan politics, born directly out of the litigious inclination of a legal profession with too many lawyers with too little worthy work to do, has now spread (beginning soon after World War II, but accelerated by the internet) to the news media, where "mainstream" outlets--by inclination liberal and suspecious of exceptionalism of any kind, except their one reporting--have assumed an adversarial role toward anything or anyone that succeeds in a competive environment, particularly now that the mainstream media must itself compete with those they perceive as amateurs (e.g., bloggers, FOX).

Meanwhile, the consumer is better educated concerning the bias of the news anti-merchants who must be against something to justify their reporting role. Case in point: the declining influence of the old network evening news shows, the TV dinosaurs. Ms. Couric, clearly an entertainer and not a journalist, is just the latest effort to recapture a news market that has long since moved off and diversified.

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