Commentary: Self Censorship Is Still Censorship

In the past few weeks, we've seen it again and again: A division of a media giant adjusts its agenda to appease its corporate parent. Of course, units of conglomerates compromise to further broad corporate objectives all the time. But media companies are different. They cloak themselves in the First Amendment to be free to deliver the most compelling message possible to consumers--whether it's creatively motivated entertainment or news programming. To kill worthwhile content to serve a corporate agenda smacks of hypocrisy. But as media giants digest their huge acquisitions of recent years, it will become more and more common for the juicy content of one division to fall victim to the best interests of another. The only antidote is for the public to complain noisily when it finds out about it.

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