If you watch a moderate amount of TV, you’ve probably seen the ad where billionaire liberal activist Tom Steyer calls for the impeachment of President Trump.
Steyer’s ad was running on FOX News, but in a statement, FOX News confirmed they’ve pulled the ad, based on comments received from viewers.
It goes without saying FOX News is free to accept or reject any ads (and money from them) they want.
But this goes to show how blinkered folks can become when they get their ‘news’ and commentary only from sources that confirm and never challenge their biases.
A better way to go for citizens in a republic is to expose one’s self to a variety of viewpoints and opinions, and especially to those that challenge them and perhaps even get them to re-think their point of view.
But in the polarized and tribalized political environment we’re currently in, the business model for not a few media outlets and personalities calls for telling folks what they want to hear, confirming their biases, stoking them up, and vilifying political opponents and media competitors as ‘them’, bad, evil.
Noted economist and social commentator Thomas Sowell said, “When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.”
This business model of telling people what they want to hear is profitable for the media outlets and personalities from the standpoint of careers, ratings, and revenue.
But what’s good for media companies and their stars doesn’t necessarily equate to what’s good for the country.
As CBS Chief Executive Officer Leslie Moonves said of Donald Trump’s presidential run: “It may not be good for America, but it’s damn good for CBS.”