Media monopoly revisited…

Media future: Risk of monopoly? The Christian Science Monitor takes a look at this important question in light of the Bush administration’s “extensive review” of media ownership rules. I found this part interesting:

“The rules to be reviewed were designed so that information is provided by a diversity of owners. The idea is to ensure that when Americans turn on the TV, they’re exposed to an array of ideas, representing the full spectrum of political thought.”

The rules have utterly failed in this regard. The new book by Professor Jim A. Kuypers contends that there exists “a narrow brand of liberal bias within the mainstream media.” Perhaps. I would contend that any bias readers perceive has far more to do with the structural biases of journalism than with overt attempts to slant the news or unconscious slanting because of reporters’ political leanings. In any case, the spectrum of ideas in the mainstream news media is narrow indeed.

How might easing the rules of media monopoly change the status quo? There is much speculation and little hard data. But it seems clear to me that the dreaded situation of a “narrow brand” of ideas already exists.