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How the free market can fix the media

The free market is really an easy concept. What motivates us to work? Obviously some of us enjoy it, but our true motivation is money. We want a decent income to live comfortably, provide for our families and if we’re lucky, have enough left over for some creature comforts.

Nothing underscored the beauty of the free market more for me than when I started my own business. Monday became my favorite day of the week; I couldn’t wait to hit the ground running to interact with my customers and get more jobs going. And because I didn’t have an automatic salary just magically appearing in my checking account every two weeks, I had an extra layer of motivation. It’s incumbent on me to make sure I can pay the bills and function.

Part of that is customer service; a BIG part. Customer service is my number one priority. I make sure my customers get their questions answered, are satisfied with the prices and the product, and I make sure they hear from me but not too much. Because I know that there are other companies like mine—and they can easily take their business elsewhere.

Therein lies the problem with the media. They don’t care about the people who watch or read; all they care about is numbers which convert to getting higher dollar for ad space. Somewhere they’ve lost touch with their core principles (in many cases they seem to have no principles at all). For years we’ve been hearing about how circulation numbers for the New York Times and Washington Post are going south. Many people point their finger at the digital age and how no one buys an actual newspaper anymore. Hogwash (does anyone say “hogwash” anymore?). Here’s a novel idea: stop pandering to one segment of society and completely alienating the other—which happens to be a larger segment—and you’ll sell more newspapers.

So maybe, just *maybe* that’s what CNN is doing. We saw Univision step into the large void the MSM left by not completely and accurately covering Fast and Furious. And now, CNN decides to report some actual news. You can apply whichever cliché to this you like: nature abhors a vacuum. Water seeks its own level.

No matter how you slice it, the free market principles would fix the MSM.

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Spin cycle

Today during a campaign speech, Romney said that Obama didn’t raise taxes during his presidency. I can think of one tax, namely the big behemoth that none of us wanted, which will effect each and every tax paying American.

Several pundits on the right are wondering why the hell he’d say such a thing. I’m sure we can say it was a gaffe, but then again according to the mainstream media, every word that drops out of Gov Romney’s mouth is a gaffe.

But what I look forward to most is how the MSM will cover this. The statement is untrue, it is a fact that Obama did raise our taxes.. but they don’t like pointing out anything that makes Obama look bad. So I don’t expect them to point their finger, shout “A-HA, Romney lies again! Obama DID raise taxes and whole shitload!”

We have a sneak peak already. Here’s ABC news’ spin on it:

Indeed, Republicans have spent much of the election season criticizing Obama for adding to the middle class tax burden, most recently citing in a campaign email blast the 6 million Americans expected to face a tax penalty for violating the Affordable Care Act’s insurance mandate.

And there you have it. They won’t claim it to be true, they’ll couch it as a “Republican claim.”

At some point I hope they realize that we see their thinly veiled attempt at a wording sleight-of-hand, but what they’re doing is deplorable and what they print is filth. Long live the new media.


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Women for Romney

A must-read for any woman. I don’t know if it’s because I’m paying more attention than ever, but I’ve never seen such abuse by the mainstream media and pure dereliction of their duty. Thank heavens for the new media.

Also female related, this is just appalling. I guarantee any opt-out flyer was sent home with a student and most got lost in backpacks. The majority of parents may not even be aware that this is happening. And yet, you probably still can’t get an aspirin from the school nurse without parental consent. The moral degradation of our society continues.

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