Why the American media can be so sycophantic

>> Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Through its policy decisions--especially, though not only, decisions involving media regulation--the U.S. government can reward media companies that please it, punish those that don't. This gives private networks an incentive to curry favor with those in power. Yet because the networks aren't government-owned, they aren't subject to the kind of scrutiny faced by the BBC, which must take care not to seem like a tool of the ruling party. So we shouldn't be surprised if America's "independent" television is far more deferential to those in power than the state-run systems in Britain or--for another example--Israel.
~Paul Krugman, "The China Syndrome," May 13, 2003 [reprinted in The Great Unraveling]


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