By Doug Book, staff writer
Lee Bollinger is an attorney turned academic. Past president of the University of Michigan, Bollinger now holds that position at Columbia University, home of the famed Columbia School of Journalism.
Bollinger believes that coming J school graduates will provide a more valuable service if the American media becomes the de facto property of the federal government.
“…I propose…an American World Service…”, writes Bollinger. “A media institution with sufficient funding to bring the highest quality American journalism to the global forum.” And that “sufficient funding” will be provided by the federal government. From taxpayers.
Why is government funding necessary? Because “…the proliferation of communications outlets has fractured the base of advertising and readers.” And as a result, “newsrooms have shrunk and foreign bureaus have been decimated,” says Bollinger.
It seems that while free enterprise and the internet have expanded the field of news providers, they have also upset the once virtually monopolistic status of the “giants”, robbing them of advertising dollars and audiences.
In short, choice and diversity, those prized catchwords of the Left become dangers when beneficiaries like FOX lead in market share.
“Both the FCC and the FTC are undertaking studies to ensure the steep economic decline faced by newspapers and broadcast news does not deprive Americans of the essential information they need as citizens,” we are reassured by Bollinger. And of course, “one idea under consideration is enhanced public funding for journalism.”
Could there be a more demeaning, condescending notion? Our government must decide if its subjects are receiving a proper diet of relevant news, from acceptable sources!
For unlike profit driven, corporate entities or amateurish, pajama clad blogging pretenders, the State would feature a non-biased, non-agenda driven, thoroughly professional force to present the American public with the global information necessary to make informed decisions and hold proper views!
After all, “…massive problems like global recession and CLIMATE CHANGE (my caps) require collective public action…” warns Bollinger. And the State must see to our proper understanding of these and other issues so that we will adopt the correct points of view concerning methods of dealing with them.
Make no mistake. Lee Bollinger knows full well a government financed media would become a government controlled media. It would enact rules defining proper journalistic behavior and content and force compliance from privately held interests. And upon taking control of the internet, the State would silence unruly blogs or render their input moot.
In short, anyone interested in providing news would necessarily become a ward of the Ministry of Information.
The first public establishment any dictator must control is the press. Unlike most liberals, Lee Bollinger is at least being marginally honest about his wishes.
But like ALL liberals, he is NOT being honest about his goal.
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