Matt "Mittens" Yglesias ponders a recent editorial in The Nation that tries to straddle the line between stoking anxiety about media concentration and… uh… acknowledging obvious reality. Domestic media have become less concentrated over the last decade, and (more importantly) the Net means it's easier and far more common to get the perspective of foreign media. And as Matt notes, the absolute amount of concentration is less important than which outlets are concentrated. That some one big corporation controls a cable news channel and Cat Fancy and eight bridal magazines, while the New York Times, the Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal are independent strikes me as rather less ominous than if the reverse were true. Media analyst Ben Compaine deflated media monopoly mania in one of Reason's more terrifyingly illustrated cover stories back in 2004.
Surely Rudy Giuliani's 'Conclusive Proof' of Machine-Based Election Fraud Will Save Him From Dominion's $1.3 Billion Defamation Lawsuit
The company says Donald Trump's leading lawyer perpetrated "a viral disinformation campaign" based on "demonstrably false" charges.
"The only people who broke the law here were the police officers and TBI agents who participated in this flagrantly unconstitutional arrest."
Union leaders shame parents, arguing that equity gaps will widen if parents pull their children out of public schools.
The Washington Post Tried To Memory-Hole Kamala Harris' Bad Joke About Inmates Begging for Food and Water
At a time when legacy publications are increasingly seen as playing for one political "team" or the other, this type of editorial decision will not do anything to fix that perception.