TV stations won't address the scourge of gambling addictions, ruined lives, & broken homes.
Citizen journalism is exploding while commercial news outlets become more outlandish and compromised.
Gambling problems are just one example where state & local commercial media outlets are fully dependent on gambling money and the advertising dollars. There is a clearly implied expectation that media outlets are not expected to reveal any of the thousands of families in financial ruin from the severe addiction crisis.
Former senator Rick Brinkley is just one example. He was seen as a pillar of Oklahoma society. A pastor and the director of the Tulsa Better Business Bureau. Yet he admitted in federal court to embezzling nearly $2 million from the Tulsa BBB, because his gambling debts were both astronomical and socially embarrassing. the stigma of this type of addiction is a major reason why its not talked about. But add to that, no media outlet wants to risk a major advertising customer by exposing this severe societal problem.
This fake narrative of an Ivermectin overdose epidemic in rural Oklahoma is now exposing some of the unreliability of local commercial media outlets.
If you want to know who is controlling the narrative of your local commercial media outlets, just create a log of the commercial ad spots during the local news shows.
The 6 & 10pm news shows have historically been the highest source of local station revenue for the tv stations. Drive time radio is also the major funding timeslot for local radio. By observing the narratives these prime advertising clients are trying to push, you'll start to get confirmation of many of your suspicions.
Last year I was an in-studio guest of the Pat Campbell show on KFAQ radio. The station was recently bought by Griffin Communications (owner of Channels 6 & 9 tv stations). When I stated that the state's casino laws have become an unintended 'Jim Crow' law, banning Blacks & other races from owning casinos; the host soon went to commercial break. He took a call during the break, and then told me he's going to push back against my racist claims in the next segment, because he had just gotten a complaint. I understood that to have been a management call. I was never invited back to that station, nor has Griffin ever interviewed me on any other state news, since that day.
Citizen Media Has An Opportunity To Serve
There have always been alternative sources for news. But in the last 20 years we've seen blogging become 'the rage'. Then we saw social media turn blogging into a simple process for the masses to contribute to.
Then podcasting went through a massive explosion. Conservative talk radio is still strong on a national level, but local and state talk radio is largely moving to podcast platforms.
The global tech giants realized that they were enabling their conservative opponents after the 2016 elections. That's when they changed from champions of free speech to intolerant tyrants.
Alex Jones was the first big name that hit by a racketeered effort to cancel him and the entire InfoWars news media. Podcasting became more essential than ever, once Alex Jones lost the ad revenue that Google & Facebook were unwittingly paying him for the millions of viewers of his YouTube & Facebook channels. Apple removed the InfoWars podcast from iTunes directory of podcasts. Twitter cancelled Alex Jones' acct. Roku dropped the InfoWars channel.
- created Banned.video to replace Youtube.
- Jones released his direct Podcast address and urged viewers to use one of dozens of independent podcast apps for mobile devices.
- InfoWars launched a developmental Roku Channel & Instructed viewers on how to unlock this alternative channel despite Roku's block from their directory.
- Jones even launched his own doman registry service, to prevent the big-name registrars from hacking into his dozens of websites.
But all politics is local. Conservatives are now awakening to the local battles they have long ago lost. The school boards and city counsels. The agency appointments and board appointments. National news outlets can address the macro perspective, but the local scene requires 'boots on the ground'.
Individuals need to band together and support each other's citizen media & advocacy efforts. Local communications among conservatives needs to increase. We must ignore our past petty squabbles and differences. We must acknowledge where we conservatives can agree and start collaborating where we can. If every school district in the state has just one watchdog attending meetings regularly and posting a social media post of what has happened and is going to happen, then the rest of the ad-hoc citizen media networks.
In 2014, SoonerPolitics.org launched a statewide platform for state & local bloggers to further syndicate their reports. Since then over 100 bloggers have collaborated and podcasts, videocasts, & other media venues have been added. We at SoonerPolitics are always looking for authentic citizen journalists to promote with our standard non-monetary agreement to carry their headlines & links back to their own sites & channels.
We also provide free consultations and technical assistance to get new individuals and groups, seeking to get their information out.
None of us are making any fortunes for our work. Most of us would be pleased if we simply got back some of our expenses for our work on reporting honest, independent news. But money does corrupt and I can recall watching some bloggers get corrupted by sponsors' funding.
SoonerPolitics.org decided long ago not to take any advertising dollars directly from campaigns or candidates. That's because we are self-aware of our own potential for compromise.