Not a conflict

I’ve made a habit of watching all Batya interviews, at least until they turn boring. I know Batya’s story by now, but she has the old-fashioned journalistic knack of interviewing the interviewer. The interviewer’s story is sometimes interesting.

This clip with three Bros got boring soon, with the Bros doing the usual Bro things about Fasting and Keto and Supplements and Hitting The Gym and Weightlifting A Thousand Reps, and Everyone Is Morbidly Obese. Crap. Americans used to be skinny because we smoked, not because we hit the gym.

Before that point, the Bros were asking an important question. Now that everything is based on the subscriber model, how can you hope to get unbiased news from any media at all?

It’s not a conflict, and it’s NOT NEW. As I’ve been pointing out for years, newspapers used to depend mainly on subscribers, and each paper had its own explicitly advertised viewpoint.

BEFORE GLOBALIZATION UNIFIED AND MONOPOLIZED EVERY FUCKING THING, a town of 200 people typically had one weekly paper, and a town of 5000 had two competing papers. Before a dozen unnecessary expenses became mandatory for all businesses, it was POSSIBLE to survive on a few hundred loyal subscribers. Smart papers did everything possible to keep the subscribers loyal.

Now we’re back to the same situation, aided by a few gutsy blogging and writing platforms that (SO FAR) resist the pressures of ideological compliance. Substack, WordPress, Rumble and others, now make it possible to run your own small-town weekly, with the same amount and type of content, and it’s possible to make a basic living that way. The typical Substack newsletter has “hundreds” of subscribers paying $5 a month. If you don’t need lawyers and accountants and Diversity compliance officers and EPA compliance officers and CDC Nazi mandate officers, you can live on that.

So it’s not a conflict now, provided those gutsy platforms don’t all get shut down.

As I’ve also been pointing out for years, radio in the 30s and 40s was the source of relatively unbiased news.

People EXPECTED newspapers to favor their own tastes. Competing brands are healthy for business. Paying for value AS YOU PERCEIVE IT is the key to real honest business.

The Fairness Doctrine FORCED radio to be unbiased, and it WORKED. There was no way for a station to gain more advertisers by breaking the fairness rules. So stations had to compete by increasing quality, not by increasing bias.

But the Fairness Doctrine was only strict for 30 years, and was repealed in the ’80s. So it’s not a permanent solution. In all eras, the real source of unbiased info has ALWAYS been your own senses and experience, with no interference or mediation from leaders or media.


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