The big story today is the Koch-financed purchase of Time Inc. While this did make the NY Times—in a rather innocuous, long-winded article—you have to go to the Guardian to get a notion of what is going on. There are three points:
– Most obviously this gives the Koch organization a direct mouthpiece in print media. To be clear—the Koch organization does not represent just Koch money. It channels money from the richest people in the US and distributes untraceable billions of dollars through a political organization of 1600 staffers. It quite literally owns the Republican party (Pence is their creation) and is the source (and explanation) for the current tax bill.
– Also this month, the FCC with its new Trump-appointed head, “eliminated protections against monopolies in local broadcast news, a move widely seen as clearing the way for the expansion of a Trump-friendly local broadcasting network”. This is the Sinclair Media Group, which forces all local subsidiaries to broadcast centrally-prepared Trump agenda propaganda.
– Finally we have the much-discussed FCC ruling last week rolling back net neutrality. This action has not gone unnoticed, but its impact has been discussed primarily in terms of network providers’ ability to block competitors for their own services. In the current context however, it is equally important to recognize this amounts to oligarchic control of internet content.
So there you have it. Print media, television, and internet all at risk of coming under control. It can happen here.