'Media-Lobbying Complex'

An interesting read in the current edition of The Nation about the so-called Media-Lobbying Complex in the US.

A few years back, Europeans may have marvelled at the availability of news on the other side of the Atlantic. Be careful what you wish for, the old saying goes.  ‘News’ coverage and analysis is now omnipresent in Britain, thanks to – amongst other things – 24hr tv news, Facebook feeds, Tweets, Google alerts, Blackberry/iphone apps, Comment is free, Have Your Say……

A lot has been made of this ‘new media’ revolution and how ordinary people have been empowered to act as ‘citizen journalists’. In light of The Nation article, however, it is worth considering how, if at all, lobbyists from corporations/partisan political groups can affect the content and discussion within new media outlets.