Like everything in life, it depends
The point is that corporations are biased toward making money. If the way to make money is to talk about how corporations are evil or how capitalism sucks, then they will do that. It's a bit simplistic to assume that because major media organizations are large corporations, they are always biased in favor of corporations or capitalism.
People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.
"Muslims are OBLIGATED to raid the lands of the infidels, occupy them, and exchange their systems of governance for an Islamic system. . .They say that our sharia does not impose our particular beliefs upon others; this is a false assertion. For it is, in fact, part of our religion to IMPOSE our particular beliefs upon others." -bin Laden
I'm sure it's probably happened before, but I expect that it would be extremely rare.
If you build a man a fire, he'll be warm for a day.
If you set a man on fire, he'll be warm for the rest of his life.
One thing that also can be profitable is news shows that enhanced the opinions the wiever already have. That for a conservative it can maybe be more fun to watch a show with a conservative bias and for a liberal to watch one with a liberal show. That can of course have bad conseqvuences that people become less critical and more narrowed minded.
I believe that studies have proven that the answer is "no".
People may bitch about "the media", but it doesn't actually change anyone's views; just re-affirms them.
- Networks would then be expected to lean 'pro-business/large corporations'
- If so, who do you think they would be more likely to support in the political arena: a Republican or a Democrat? And since we have no big real mainstream libertarian, it has to be republican.
-That does not mean there cannot be liberal news stations, just look at MSNBC, all it means is that it would've been more liberal, along with every other major news channel.
I'll just play devils-advocate on this whole point to save you the trouble :
So on the flip side, we could say that MSNBC, though owned by GE, is liberal because GE is interested in ratings and profits, though GE would rather it be more conservative, it recognizes that as a liberal station it would pull in more cash (more liberals in U.S.).
-Doing something based on cash rather than principle? Shocking.
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