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Why Are the Media’s ‘Consumer Interest Groups’ So Leftist and Anti-Consumer?

The Media’s double standard when describing political advocacy organizations is as obvious as it is unsurprising.

The Media rarely if ever identify Leftist entities as Leftist – instead assigning them non-ideological descriptives.  Often, it is the ridiculous “consumer interest group” – as if the anti-free market side of the equation is pro-consumer, and the defenders of freedom are against the purchasing public.

Never mind that no one is more pro-consumer than a private company – after all, they are the ones trying to please as many consumers as possible.  It would then stand to reason that the organizations defending private companies from government overreach are also pro-consumer.

Because these “consumer interest groups” are in fact “government interest groups” – every “solution” they push results in larger, more interfering government.  Which is about as anti-consumer as you can get.

How’s ObamaCare treating consumers?  The Veterans Administration?  The Department of Motor Vehicles?  Would you rather head there – or to Amazon.com or your neighborhood deli?

Meanwhile, the Media almost always identify Conservative groups as conservative – that is, when they mention them at all.  Often, marketplace political stories only quote Leftist groups – and company representatives.

Which is itself biased.  It depicts the debate as a struggle between the plucky little “consumer interest” groups (who actually often have very large [George Soros] money behind them) – and the evil Industry Titans.

There are perhaps dozens of conservative/free market groups out there – yet the Media often can’t seem to find room for any of them in their stories.

The latest bit of wireless phone news is a fabulous case study.

AT&T Dials Up Toll-Free ‘Sponsored Data’

The company on Monday introduced “Sponsored Data,” or data that is paid is for by a business that wouldn’t count against a subscriber’s capped plan. Think a toll free 1-800 number or free shipping for the delivery of data.

Here in Reality, this should be a non-news story – other than the good news for consumers.  They will be getting more data for the same money – which will in a great many instances allow them to actually purchase less data, saving them coin.

This model exists…well, everywhere.  As stated above, companies via 800 numbers pick up the tab for your call.  Many then after you call to place an order pick up the tab to ship it to you.  The examples of this free market paradigm are nearly endless.

AT&T and Verizon Wireless in particular have been aggressive in getting their customers to switch to tiered plans that require people to pay more to get more data.

Again, here in Reality when we use more – we pay more.  You pay more for ten steaks than you do for two.  It costs more to gas up an Escalade than it does an Escort.

So if the companies providing the biggest data-chewing content were to pay for it – it would in fact be a tremendous consumer boon.  Imagine car makers paying for your gasoline – oh wait, some do.  Isn’t Reality great?

But this is the Media and the Left – they don’t reside in Reality.

Consumer advocate group Free Press has already criticized the plan.

There are those magic Media words – “consumer advocate group.”  Never mind that Free Press was co-founded by a self-avowed Marxist – they are “consumer advocates.”  This story quotes Free Press and AT&T only – not a conservative group to be found.

Then there’s this:

AT&T Sponsored Data Plan Threatens Open Internet, Consumer Grou...

In which Free Press and their fellow Media Marxist joint Public Knowledge are quoted.  As is AT&T.  And that’s it.

FCC Ready To Step In On AT&T’s Sponsored Data Plan

Like a toddler with a pet dog, AT&T (NYSE:T) has a history of poking the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) until it turns around and barks. And that’s just what it’s done now.

That’s an objective opening paragraph.  Keep in mind that the last time AT&T “poked” the FCC, it was when they wanted to buy T-Mobile.  The Media Marxist chorus screeched their opposition, and the FCC blocked the deal – issuing an error-riddled report in defense of its decision.

But this “news” story ignores all of this.  Instead it portrays AT&T as a serial government instigator.  And pretends the government’s bark is worse than its bite – when it’s chomping huge chunks out of the private sector.

A few months ago, ESPN was also discussing possibly paying for delivery of its digital content.

Why We’re Praying That ESPN Does Not Begin Subsidizing Wireless Plans

Handout recipients having their cell phones and plans (ObamaPhones) entirely paid for by a fraud-riddled government?  With money the government gets by taxing consumers’ phones?  Outstanding.

Consumers having their cell phone plans “subsidized” – incentivized – by private companies?  Awful.

This “news” story appeared (with apparently unintentional irony) at Consumerist.com.

The Media aren’t reporting on these choice-and-wallet-expanding possibilities – they are choosing the anti-free market side against them.  And providing cover for the government interest “consumer interest” groups lining up likewise.

The Media and the Left together pretend to look out for the Little Guy – all the while making it ever more excruciating for him.

Note: This first appeared in Red State.

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Comment by tony newbill on January 22, 2014 at 8:58am

Associated Press caught 'restructuring' old EPA news to mislead readers; mainstream media blindly plays along

Comment by Cam Stapel on January 14, 2014 at 11:52am
What's with all the yelling? Are our replies coming out CAPS or what?
Comment by tony newbill on January 14, 2014 at 9:26am

HERE IS WHY AND WHERE THE ANTI-CAPITALIST ANTI-CONSUMERISM COMING FROM , AND WHY BIGGER GOVERNMENT AND GOVERNMENT HANDOUTS WHICH RESULTS IN CONTROLLED RATES OF CONSUMER CONSUMPTION IS COMING FROM .

http://www.paecon.net/PAEReview/issue57/Trainer57.pdf

Comment by tony newbill on January 14, 2014 at 9:22am

 THEY ALL BELIEVE THAT WE ARE FACING WORLD OVERPOPULATION IN THE NEXT 20-30 YEARS AND THIS IS GOING TO TAKE A "GREAT SHIFT " TO THE ECONOMIC SYSTEM IN ORDER TO ZERO GROWTH  THUS IS WHERE THE ANTI-CONSUMER ANTI-CAPITALIST MENTALITY IS COMING FROM .

 GOOGLE THE WORD OVERPOPULATION  , ZERO GROWTH AND SEE WHAT COMES UP .

Comment by Ronald Sorrells on January 14, 2014 at 9:10am

THEY SPREAD "PROPAGANDA RATHER THAN NEWS" REPORTING !

WE HAVE TO RETURN TO THE VALUE OF THE "TRUTH" !

WE HAVE ACCEPTED "LIES" AS "LEGAL TENURE" FOR A QUESTION THAT BEGS FOR THE "TRUTH".

WHY "SWEAR" PEOPLE TO "TELL THE TRUTH, THE WHOLE TURTH AND NOTHING ELSE BU THE TRUTH, WHEN "GAINING THE TRUTH IS NOT EVEN THE OBJECTIVE.

THE "SHREWD" HAS TAKEN THE PLACE OF THE "HONEST" BECAUSE WE HAVE COME TO BELIEVE THAT "ONLY THE SHREWD CAN GET IT DONE" !

WE SAY THINGS LIKE " HE IS HONEST TO A FAULT " ......A FAULT???......WE "JEWS & CHRISTIANS ARE COMPELLED BY GOD TO NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS"......BY DOING SO "WE HAVE PROSTITUTED THE TRUTH".

UNLESS, WE ARE WILLING TO "ABANDON THE DARKENESS OF LUFICER AND EMBRACE THE LIGHT OF GOD...WE ARE FINISHED AS A NATION" !

Semper Fidelis,

Ron

Comment by Rebecca Roth on January 14, 2014 at 8:22am

Another leftist scheme was the War on Poverty.  It actually

accomplished the destruction of family--especially the black

family.  It's been a long time coming, but we are finally putting

2+2 together (that is, those of us who believe that empirically

4 MUST be the answer)  One of the schemes of the devilish 

thinkers is to get us to believe there are no right answers.)

Comment by Rebecca Roth on January 14, 2014 at 8:19am

Big media has an agenda.  They are run by Democrats, and

hire Democrats.  They advance big government.   They hate

anyone who stands up for America or freedom.  I believe they 

are working to take down certain groups.  For instance,  

Margaret Sanger got the KKK to stop night riding.  She wanted

for KKK members to insert themselves into positions of power

to become society shapers, so that black people would choose

to self-destruct.  She called her project The Negro Project.

She gave a name to her institution to advance the cause,

Planned Parenthood.  Like most leftist schemes, the name

is wonderful.  It draws you in.  The reality is death and destruction.

Sanger said, "we don't want to let word get out that what we are

actually wanting to do is eliminate the negro population."

Apply her thinking to all sorts of organizations, and realize that

the leftists' greatest desire in life is to kill you and yours, but

at this point to not do it directly.  It has been much more effective

with killing black people, to get black people to do the dirty work.

Night riding only caused the black people to know WHO their enemy

was.  Now, it's so convoluted nobody knows who is orchestrating

the killing.  Central to The Negro Project was enlisting pastors to

help destroy lives.  Demonic inspiration...read for yourself the things

Sanger got rolling.  Research it yourself.

Comment by Phil McConathy on January 14, 2014 at 7:43am
Thanks. I don't trust any big media so called articles slamming any issue that would actually save consumers money.
Comment by Debrajoe Smith-Beatty on January 14, 2014 at 7:32am

Thanks.

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