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We need somebody to sue the media (actually, journalism and the wire services) for conspiracy in restraint of trade:People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices. - Adam Smith, Wealth of Nations (1776)The suit must name the FCC and the FEC (and perhaps others?), because the FEC depends for its rationale for existence on the assumption of journalistic objectivity, and the FCC tends to ratify that fatuous claim.
Journalism and the wire service conspire to suppress skepticism in the public towards journalism. They do it by going along and getting along ideologically - so that politically they all default to cynicism towards society and naiveté towards government.
The plaintiff should be the Republican Party, and the relief sought should be the destruction of the wire service business model which, after all, is obsolete in an era when economizing on telegraphy bandwidth is a matter of no moment. Abolish the Wire Services Relief must also include abolition of any and all government recognition of journalistic objectivity - in broadcast licensing, in Campaign Finance Reform, and in government schools.
Understand, objectivity is a wonderful goal - but a horrible boast. The ancient Greeks noted the same thing about wisdom:
That should be taught in high school. High school should also teach that historical perspective is systematically filtered out by the rules of commercially successful journalism such as If it bleeds, it leads, and 'Man Bites Dog,' not 'Dog Bites Man."
- 1542, earlier sophister (c.1380), from L. sophista, sophistes, from Gk. sophistes, from sophizesthai "to become wise or learned," from sophos "wise, clever," of unknown origin. Gk. sophistes came to mean "one who gives intellectual instruction for pay," and, contrasted with "philosopher," it became a term of contempt. Ancient sophists were famous for their clever, specious arguments.
- O.E. philosophe, from L. philosophus, from Gk. philosophos "philosopher," lit. "lover of wisdom," from philos "loving" + sophos "wise, a sage."
"Pythagoras was the first who called himself philosophos, instead of sophos, 'wise man,' since this latter term was suggestive of immodesty." [Klein]