Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Let's make a deal!

Stanley Kurtz proposes a trade:
    I would suggest the following steps as a rough outline of a resolution of our national media conflict. Conservatives need to control at least one major broadcast television network news division; at least one, and possibly two, major national newspapers; and at least one of the two major national news magazines. In addition to their current control of NPR, liberals need to be granted ownership of at least one-third of all existing talk-radio stations in the country. So, for example, we could solve the media-bias problem by giving ABC News, the Washington Post, USA Today, and Newsweekover to conservatives, while allowing Al Franken to dispense about one-third of all talk-radio stations to his allies. With the successful completion of such a grand bargain, America's media-bias problem would be effectively solved.
I personally would support such a deal, as I think objectivity (journalistic or otherwise) is much harder to attain that we think, and this would provide balance while we work toward that objectivity. Others, though, aren't so sure.

What think ye?

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