It could, but what is the mechanism? Advertising and subscriptions are where companies like CNN makes their money. We are talking billions, and this is directly related to getting viewers. I get what you are saying, but how do you propose this works in a free market? It sounds intriguing, but who is paying CNN to spread their message and how are they making the payments in the amounts that would make CNN want to look at anything other than viewership?
I am not sure what you want me to comment on here, but yes, I see advertising, the kind that only major networks used to have the ability to provide, as a point where some power is transferred to the people because those entities need access to the people. The masses drive the economy. Advertising is how quarterly profits go up and that is the whole point of the exercise.
While Judy von Winklethorp VP of Sales for Big Media Co. Inc. cares greatly about sales, she's many rungs down the ladder from the top. While she's measured directly on sales, those at the top have different measures applied to them.
Life, especially for someone like George is just a series of cost-benefit analyses. To go back to your point about the money to made doing the bidding of concentrated power, what would cause George to go light on his investment in getting HRC into the White House if billions was at stake? If he is already guiding the editorial policies of his networks for the power elite, how costly would it even be to limit Trump coverage and stop talking about Hillary's emails?
Did George go light on his investment in HRC? How are billions at stake? Why would he guide his editorial policies of his networks for other people rather than himself? Is it possible he assumed the coverage of Trump would do a better job of showing what an ass he is than from hiding the coverage?
I still don't see them doing a lot of fact-checking on Trump. There are more leaks from the IC now, but that is because they realize what a disaster he is now and are going over his head to get the info out.
Well, any number greater than zero is better than nothing. I also suspect this "journalism" will only last as long as he's in charge.
How confident are you of your narriative that, "they realize what a disaster he is now", and who are they?
This is where we are on opposite sides of the planet. Trump hate came in the form of his many gaffes and basic assholeness which none of his supporters gave a shit about but did get people to tune in. "He said what?... New at 11". And the fact is there was fresh news like this every day to keep the news cycle fresh, which is how they operate. The real bad stuff like rape allegations didn't have much traction on the news. Where is Allred? HRC on the other hand had coverage of actual scandal material and it stayed on the news for months. This was news with substance. The Clinton Foundation is the perfect example of how this worked. The foundation was billed as a pay to play scheme (with merit) as just a front for her power, but Trump's foundation was literally a self serving entity that existed solely to promote Trump and it was a foot note at best. HRC was the most unliked candidate in history. Her numbers slowly dropped through her campaign. Again, did the illuminati miss this? If they controlled the media I see no reason that they couldn't have buried Trump if they wanted to. Considering the options wouldn't this be an all in moment?
I guess at the end of the day what drives me to think the way I do is watching what happened in this election. There was an underlying belief in an elite power structure that includes both parties was playing us all vis a vis the "mainstream media" and they were happy with any candidate that the Republicans or Democrats gave us because they were basically the same. There is some truth in this, but this belief played a major role in getting Trump into the White House. His power structure was ignored because of the belief in a single mission by the wealthy elite. It therefore, made sense to vote for him because he appeared to be outside of it, but the truth is there are many power structures at the top and their views are quite starkly different. There is a reason the FBI stuck the dagger in HRC's campaign and it was because one of those power structures was working hard against her. Trump of course, wasn't outside of anything, he just played on a different team than what we are used to. The media reflects this with some in the tank for their donors and others not so much. IMO Trump's media backers are the most dangerous because they don't flinch at creating news out of nothing and spreading outright lies. As far as I am concerned, whatever group of gazillionaires that supports hRC was the best bet. At least they believe in global warming.
The main reason people at the top of these entities (media, finance, political parties, etc.) got to that level was due to their sociopathy. To an outsider, their collective can be seen as an "illuminati" but I contend it's only constant is that it always has a steady stream of sociopaths to fill its ranks when those inside eventually lose grip of the brass ring. A giant circle jerk of, "How can I get more for me!". That's it, that's all.
However misguided, I think partly the reason why Trump is in power is that people are slowly coming to the conclusion that these political parties need to go. They are a cancer on democracy.
I believe I still can stay well informed using various news sources and those include mainstream media.
It will certainly provide you with enough ammo to sound relevant on any typical Facebook conversation.
Did you ever read, "Manufacturing Consent"?