Already on the ropes, print media has been hit hard by the current economic collapse. Most newspapers rely on advertisers to survive. With businesses shut, their revenues have dried up. Many local and alternative papers have folded. This is a disaster for workers and oppressed people. When corporations own the media, they own the message.
Now, the capitalists and the right wing see an opportunity to use the pandemic to gain even more power, money and control. The death of an actually free press would be a huge win for them.
And it couldn’t happen at a worse time, given that unprecedented crises are being met with unprecedented levels of disinformation. The liars are in charge, starting with the Disinformant-in-Chief in the White House.
Increasingly, the survival of media that’s not controlled by billionaires and top corporations is a precondition for working-class survival. And that is why the Freedom Socialist is so grateful to the many people who are supporting our spring fund drive. If you have already given, thank you. And if you haven’t, or you can give again, check out the FS donation page.
Everyday people have pulled together in astonishing ways during this emergency. With the same collective determination, we can save the free press.