by BAR Managing Editor Bruce Dixon
The owners of private media, and their
puppets at the FCC have decided you don't need news. As a result,
the number of working reporters and journalists have been in free
fall for some time, as newspapers, TV and radio stations are
permitted to buy out each other, merge, consolidate and savagely
curtail their news operations in an effort to produce enough revenue
to pay back the debt it took to acquire them, along with the standard
bonuses, stock options and platinum parachutes for the geniuses who
engineer this kind of thing.
The honest and sometimes biting commentary and journalism we bring you every week at Black Agenda Report is no substitute for a democratic mass media or an accountable FCC, but we do our best. At Black Agenda Report, we don't believe in "herd journalism", so we
don't necessarily follow the packs of pundits, bloggers and
journalists, professional and otherwise.