Monday, July 6, 2009

Clear Channel Indignation vs. Common Sense

Formerly relevant broadcast outlets ABC and NBC are conducting newscasts from inside the White House. Clear Channel, through its various slimy and spineless radio outlets, is quite indignant about competitors, err... news organizations getting too cozy with the government.

It's funny. There was no Clear Channel outrage when President Reagan was deregulating the broadcast industry in the 1980s. I wonder if the fact that Clear Channel was primarily a billboard company during the Reagan Empire has anything to do with their dignified silence during said decade. That no one has profited more from Reagan's deregulation than Clear Channel certainly wouldn't be a contributing factor, now would it?

Anyway, Clear Channel via 740 KTRH wondered aloud what purpose NBC would have for cozying up to the executive branch of the U.S. government. Fortunately, I have an answer for the billion-dollar corporation.

General Electric, one of the world's largest arms manufacturers, is the parent company of NBC. The president is the commander of the executive branch and by extension the Department of Defense. As of now, you can't sell ballistic missiles to the public-at-large (remember to vote in November) so, like any good business, GE is sucking up to its largest client. It's a business move at the expense of the american public; meaning that its just another business move.

Clear Channel's self-righteous tone and phony outrage over "objective" journalism is reminiscent of Columbus -- Clear Channel discovered something that millions of people already knew existed. It would be cheaper and far more honorable for them to use one of their billboards to announce, "We wish that we had thought of it first."

Brian No Funeral
18 June 2009
Huntsville, TX

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