Most Major News Networks Neglecting SOPA Coverage. And You Should Too!

Shenzhen internet policeAs SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act, continues to wind its way through the greasy wheels of Washington, most of those we trust to bring us fair and balanced reporting have conveniently ignored this topic.

According to a report at MediaMatters.org, “most major television news outlets -- MSNBC, Fox News, ABC, CBS, and NBC -- have ignored the bill during their evening broadcasts. One network, CNN, devoted a single evening segment to it.”

And right they are! Don’t you realize that people in other countries may be watching a poorly encoded copy last week’s American football game RIGHT NOW? Do you have any idea how many low resolution scans of recipe cards are floating about on the ‘Net? Why, there may even be someone suffering though a blurry, Handycam recorded version of Cowboys versus Aliens while sitting uncomfortably at his computer desk at this very moment! These outrages must be stopped! If this continues… um… BAD STUFF happens! The only defense is to keep the people of a democracy in the dark while the U.S. government assigns itself (and Hollywood) the right to police the World Wide Web. In these trying times, the only option we have is to enact a policy that, as Google co-founder Sergey Brin explains, “would put us on a par with the most oppressive nations in the world.” The giving and sharing must be stopped or else BAD STUFF happens! BAD STUFF!!!

It also doesn’t hurt that nearly every major media firm is an active supporter of SOPA. Comcast/NBCUniversal owns MSNBC and NBC News. Viacom is CBS. News Corporation owns Fox News while Time Warner has CNN and Disney is, of course, ABC. But does that really matter? Aren’t there bigger issues at stake here?

Do you want your children to grow up in a world where the everyone knows and understands each other? Of course not. It is only through fear, mistrust, and blind faith in global media conglomerates that we can truly find happiness. Don’t look up what companies support SOPA. Don’t check out which legislators introduced SOPA. And, for the love of God, don’t cross reference the list of campaign contributors to legislators. Just lean back on your couch, rent Disney’s Beauty and The Beast on your Sony PlayStation, and know that Big Brother (and those who sponsor him) has this issue well in hand.

For the children.

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