That's a decent argument. I guess my thought is always the plurality of voices which are being removed in the United States right now.
When you strip public radio like CBC, BBC, and NPR of operating funding you're producing a reliance on highly corporatised networks like MSNBC and Fox to be your "voices" for difference and news.
Actual journalism has taken a back seat in the US because of it. Cutting down the pieces of pie is not going to produce better journalism, not going to give you more indepth reporting. It's going to limit the ability to do the work.
So you don't have reporters being sent to Rwanda to see if the "uprising" is actually a "coup".
When people think of the last bastions of fair journalism, BBC and CBC tend to be on everyone's lips because they are some of the few places that have the funding that is not dependent on corporate or private donations.
Let me give you an example. Let's say Camblos Soup decides to execute all workers who show up late to work.
They also decide to advertise on the main four networks. Can you honestly see the Camblos Soup story running in the news cast if the network depends on that kind of funding?
No. So its left to news organizations that are not dependent on corporate dollars or to begging in the streets for hand outs.
You starve the beast of public funding, you get crappy shows.
There was a subscription based audio drama production, btw.. it was called Sonic Gold. We're really grateful to those who participated.
But it wasn't self sustainable. And that's the problem.
People have less and less disposable income because wages have fallen since the seventies. And instead of identifying why wages have not kept pace with the standard of living, instead of asking why there have been steady outsourcing of American jobs, instead of asking why 400 Americans represent 50% of the wealth of that nation, we're looking at cutting back on some of the few alternatives offered to the poor and recommending THEY pay for it.
Something is definitely off kilter in my mind. But then, again, I'm a Canadian.
I'm probably missing something there,