You know, back in Soviet Russia, it was also of the utmost importance for the news media--which, incidentally, just happened to be a set of wholly-owned subsidiaries of the Government--to please the national leadership of the Soviet Party and the Duma which it controlled. Under the Soviet system, media figures that chose to go against the Party were swiftly excommunicated from the broadcast system (or worse).
With that in mind, Dobbs' position on CNN makes a little bit more sense:
Lou Dobbs said yesterday CNN was eager to show him the door because its top execs didn't want to offend President Obama.
Dobbs made the claim last night on Fox News Channel's "The O'Reilly Factor," saying he took on President George W. Bush's immigration policy with equal force but didn't draw any CNN flak then.
"I discern more of a difference between then, which was under the Bush administration when I was criticizing, and now, when it is the Obama administration -- and an entirely different tone was taken," said Dobbs.
It's things like this that remind me why the recent call to nationalize the press is completely superfluous. Due to the current and extremely long-running Government-Media Complex, with revolving doors going from the halls of Congress straight out into the broadcast room, our media already is a de-facto arm of the Government.