When we move toward a media monolith not only do we lose diversity, we lose more of the truth behind any stories that are critical of large corporations or the government. If smaller papers in New Hampshire like the Calendonian Record and the Littleton Courier were owned by giants like WMUR the NH and American Public would never have even heard about the KingCast RSA 91-A Right-to-Know/FOIA lawsuit filed againt the town of Franconia and NH AG Kelly Ayotte, who now admits (only after numerous FOIA requests by KingCast) to withholding key facts that would have coloured World perception of what happened in a tragic double homicide on 5/11 involving Bruce McKay, Liko Kenney and Gregory W. Floyd, a 3-time felon with a noted history of violent, criminal activity who in my opinion murdered Liko Kenney.
The short film.
The community outcry.
I studied Ben Bagdikian "The Media Monopoly" in undergrad and his points are still salient today and they will remain so for the next foreseeable future.
"So that what we have is maybe anywhere from 20 to a half a dozen huge corporations who have the dominant media voice in the media absorbing world, especially in the developed world - and now, getting a foothold in the less developed world. And what we're seeing in the media now is a decrease in hard reporting as a proportion of the whole, and an increase of soft entertainment features - which are the least expensive to produce and the most revenue producing."
And Justice Clarence Thomas' role in this? Well he intentionally delayed a vote back in '91 that would have expanded protections for women in media. He delayed the vote because he thought it would have a negative impact on his Supreme Court Judicial appointment, and not only that, he really applied strict scrutiny instead of the mid-level scrutiny used in sex cases.
"He said in the decision that the Federal Communications Commission's policy of giving preference to women was unconstitutional because it denied equal protection of the laws to white men.The decision flew in the face of recent case law established by the Brennan Decision in Metromedia v. FCC as noted in these NYTimes links one and two.