The mainstream media’s declining influence is motivating the federal government to regulate the Internet because controlling information is the most powerful way to control the public.
The U.S. mainstream media, which is predominantly owned by six corporations with close ties to the government, is used by the establishment to control public opinion, but for the past several years it has lost influence as the public seeks alternative sources of information.
“Just a handful of global news corporations can, in one day, make billions of people around the world simultaneously aware of something that was completely unknown the day before,” Joseph Plummer wrote in Tragedy & Hope 101. “With this kind of power, the Network [the establishment] can choose to spread any lie, or withhold any truth, that it chooses.”
“At the end of the day, if people aren’t looking beyond the Network’s instruments for their information, they cannot expect to know what the Network doesn’t want them to know.”
And that’s why the government is targeting Internet-based independent press: to reduce the mainstream media’s competition.
The establishment media’s decline has been nothing short of legendary.
From Nov. 2012 to Nov. 2013, for example, the ratings for CNN and MSNBC in the 25 to 54-year-old demographic dropped 59% and 52% respectively, and in 2013 the combined median prime-time viewership of CNN, Fox News and MSNBC dropped 11%.
“Mainstream media executives appear to be optimistic they can reverse these declines at some point, but they simply don’t realize there has been a fundamental paradigm shift when it comes to the news media in the United States,” social commentator Michael Snyder wrote. “The general population has lost a tremendous amount of faith in the mainstream media.”
“They are increasingly becoming aware it is deeply controlled by the establishment.”
This has raised concerns among establishment insiders, who gain power through the ignorance, rather than the consent, of those governed, and recently the federal government announced its plan to explore ways to regulate free speech on the Internet.
“A key Democrat on the Federal Election Commission called for burdensome new rules on Internet-based campaigning, prompting the Republican chairman to warn that Democrats want to regulate online political sites and even news media like the Drudge Report,” Paul Bedard of the Washington Examiner reported. “Democratic FEC Vice Chair Ann M. Ravel announced plans to begin the process to win regulations on Internet-based campaigns and videos, currently free from most of the FEC’s rules.”
Simply put, this is a power grab designed to destroy individual rights in favor of subordination to the ruling elite, which is exactly what the Meiji oligarchy did in 1889 when it returned to power in Japan.
“Like all ruling classes, the Meiji maintained control by indoctrinating the masses in an ideology that served the oligarchs’ interests,” Joseph Plummer also wrote. “Specifically, they propagated the Shinto ideology, which called for subordination to the emperor.”
“The Japanese people accepted this Shinto ideology, and as a result the Meiji oligarchy was able to ruthlessly exploit them in the emperor’s name.”
And if the American people accept this attack on free speech, they too will be ruthlessly exploited in Obama’s name.