This story was interesting. Cenk Uygur was fired from MSNBC, to be replaced with the racist Al Sharpton.
MSNBC executives claim that Cenk Uygur is a disgruntled whiner ex-employee. Cenk Uygur claims that he is the victim of censorship. I believe Cenk Uygur.
Cenk Uygur's "lucrative offer" from MSNBC probably included heavy censorship demands. He refused.
There is a key difference between now and 30 years ago. 30 years ago, if a mainstream media personality was fired and blacklisted, you'd never hear from him again. The Internet changes things. That allows Cenk Uygur to tell his side of the story, uncensored. Cenk Uygur can directly connect with his fans on the Internet. If Cenk Uygur feels too restrained by evil censors, he can self-publish on the Internet.
Self-publishing on the Internet, you won't make mega-millions like you will on the mainstream media. However, you can earn a decent living wage. Personally, I'm only making $5/month with AdBrite and blogging. I'm going to try other things in 2-3 years.
MSNBC has a State-backed monopoly. It's an oligopoly shared with CNN/Fox/CBS/ABC. It's effectively illegal to start a new channel and compete with them.
Very well-connected insiders control the mainstream media. They have an interest in preserving the scam of the State as it exists now. Anyone who questions the State, even partially, must be eliminated. If someone starts asking un-approved questions, then people will start thinking for themselves and questioning other things.
The bosses at MSNBC said "You can't criticize the establishment too much. We *ARE* the establishment." The mainstream media is controlled by a small handful of insiders. They wield incredible power for mass brainwashing. They won't allow some punk subordinate to challenge them.
He said Griffin had called him into his office in April and told him he had been talking to people in Washington and that they did not like Uygur’s tone.Cenk Uygur's bosses said "Insiders from Washington D.C. are complaining about your show." So what? If insiders get to pick journalists, that makes it a farce rather than an independent check against abuse of State power.
Also notice how it's anonymous "people in Washington" demanding that Cenk Uygur be fired. There is no specific person claiming responsibility for demanding censorship. Cenk Uygur's actual boss is some replaceable lackey following orders.
Journalists are supposed to project the image of questioning authority and thinking outside the box. However, the can't question authority too much. They can't deviate from the script.
MSNBC has made their preference clear. They want fewer people like Cenk Uygur and more people like Al Sharpton. The "market" has spoken.
The mainstream media isn't a free market. It's controlled by a handful of insiders. If I tried making my own mainstream media TV show, I wouldn't be able to convince insiders to carry my content. Only insiders can successfully start a new TV channel. I can make a YouTube channel, but that still won't reach as many people as the mainstream media.
I've never watched Cenk Uygur. Like everyone in the mainstream media, he's probably another flavor of statist, rather than truly promoting freedom. Even that type of partial dissent is not allowed.
This is a pretty regular pattern. Some "journalist" does something that offends insiders. He is disgraced and fired. The Internet is changing things. Incidents like this one erode the mainstream media's remaining credibility. I know that the mainstream media is one big farce.
Unfortunately, many other people are still fooled and clueless. That makes the mainstream media incredibly dangerous. (However, sometimes I wonder. Have some competent insiders realizes that market anarchism is the correct answer? Maybe they're ruining things on purpose.)