Leftist ‘Consumer Interest’ Groups Are Only Interested in Big Government
Editor's Note: This first appeared in BigGovernment.com.
We have oft discussed the Orwellian manner Leftists do, well, everything.
The Media Marxists looking to eradicate all private ownership of news and communications – so as to have the government be your sole provider of news and communications – are a part of the Leftist misdirection that calls themselves “public interest” or “consumer interest” groups.
What could be better – and less innocuous – then that?
Just about everything.
As far as the “consumer interest” – let’s rationally examine who has a real stake in it.
Is it the Media Marxist groups – who represent no one and nothing save for a shaved shard of a pro-government, free market-loathing constituency consisting almost exclusively of themselves?
Or is it the media companies – who seek to everyday deliver whatever it is the most consumers possible are interested in? So as to entice these consumers to hire, watch, listen to and read them?
Obviously, it is the latter.
Consumers get to choose which companies in which they are most interested. If you want to, for instance, make cellular telephone calls, you can choose Sprint. Or AT&T. Or Verizon. Or Cricket. Or US Cellular. Or Metro PCS. Or Tracfone. Or Boost Mobile. Or Virgin Mobile. Or….
You get the idea.
All of these companies would like to have more consumers – i.e. customers. So (if they’re smart) they spend every waking moment – and many of their unwaking ones – devising ways to best meet these consumers’ interest – so as to get them to choose their respective companies.
And spending hundreds of billions of job-producing, networks-expanding, quantity-and-quality-improving dollars in the process.
This outlook and approach is true of every (smart) media company. Indeed, of every company. On Planet Earth.
On these day-in, day-out all-encompassing drives to deliver the consumers’ interest – the Media Marxists are a glaringly alien life form.
An unaffiliated, unassimilated, uninvited obtrusive guest who crashes the party and then demands that every one stop having their free market fun – and do it their Big Government, mucho regulation, Marxist way.
Like showing up at a frat house keg party and demanding everyone stop and play Pictionary. Only much, much worse.
They spend zero time engaged in any activity that would help them glean the consumers’ interest. Truth be told, they most likely couldn’t care less in what consumers are interested.
Especially so because the consumers’ interest so very rarely lines up with theirs – growing the government’s role in media and communications.
The Media Marxists are here to impose their myriad Big Government “solutions” to mostly non-existent problems. Both the “problems” and their alleged “solutions” having been cooked up in college faculty lounges and warped Leftist “think” tanks.
No one outside of these fevered, finite corridors is at all interested.
How do we know this?
The consumers have spoken.
There is a… poll out that shows an overwhelming majority of the consumers Free Press and Co. are claiming to be helping – don’t want their help. 75% of Americans like the Internet just the way it is – no “saving” necessary. And 57% think the federal government should not regulate the Internet at all.
And of the 31% who think the government should regulate the Internet, more than two-thirds of them said that the regulation should be focused on privacy, online safety and protecting.
Doing the math, that means less than 10% of Americans think the government should be regulating the Internet to the tune of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reclassification and Network Neutrality.
The “public interest” is best served by what the public is interested in.
And the public – the consumers, the people – aren’t at all interested in what Free Press, Public Knowledge and Media Access Project have to offer.
Will this Party of None status stop these Media Marxists from incessantly haranguing the rest of us with their terrible and terribly unpopular policy prescriptions?