Why the media today do not do what they should do

Why do the media of today not measure up to Marx’s original view of the press which is that the press should be: “the public watchdog, tireless denouncer of those in power, the omnipresent eye, the omnipresent mouth-piece of the people’s spirit that jealously guards its freedom (Marx 1849: 231). “It is the duty of the press to come forward on behalf of the oppressed in its immediate neighbourhood”, “the first duty of the press now is to undermine all the foundations of the existing political state of affairs” (Marx 1849; 234).
The answer is of course that they are owned lock stock and barrel by the oligarchic state. Most journalists who work within these places are too afraid to speak out for fear of losing their jobs and some are ideologically suborned by the trinkets their editors and producers niggardly pay out to keep them spouting the party line. The owners of the journalistic means of production will not allow most journalists to do what Marx suggests because that would help bring down the very system that they own.

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I am an anthropologist and Associate Professor who loves to play guitar and comment on social injustice in whatever form it may take
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