If you saw Glenn Beck today, you would know that he was livid over the lack of attention that the MSM has paid to the ACORN revelations recently over at Big Government. He put up a chart of the major media including the three networks, CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times, and the Washington Post and their coverage of the undercover video. Among all of these media, CNN lead the pack with a total number of mentions of three. Fox News, incidentally, had nineteen.
Beck was livid because he saw the lack of coverage as another example of media corruption. Beck is right. Yet, in my opinion, it really doesn't matter. The MSM is corrupt. They absolutely pick and choose the stories they cover not on their newsworthiness but on their ideology. Besides that, they don't matter.
Just think about this. Van Jones has resigned. Four ACORN workers have been fired. The census bureau no longer wants anything to with ACORN. All of this happened with Fox News leading the charge in covering these stories. On top of this, they were followed by a collection of new media sources that ultimately got the message through.
Big Government has exploded on the scene. In two days, they have instantaneously become a media force. In fact, it's really nothing more than a blog. It's, however, a blog with some very enterprising blogger/journalists breaking stories. Who cares if CNN, NBC, and the New York Times refuse to cover stories because those stories might upset their ideological sensibilities? The New York Times doesn't matter.
In fact, what has happened over the last two weeks, should tell everyone that media corruption ultimately now only hurts the corrupt media. Glenn Beck got more than 4 million viewers in his two airings of his show. He's challlenging Bill O'Reilly for the top personality on Fox News. He's doing it from the 5PM ET time slot. He got barely a blip on CNN. At the same time, stories driven mainly by Fox News and a consortium of new media have taken down a czar, four ACORN employees, and caused the census to drop ACORN.
So, why is Beck getting mad? Their corruption is his gain. If everyone were covering the story he wouldn't be getting nearly 4 million viewers. The MSM is corrupt, but their corruption has only made them irrelevant. They don't matter. The media has become so fractured and eclectic that if you're corrupt and/or incompetent, it isn't that corrupt our media at large. Instead, you simply make yourself irrelevant.
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