Politico’s new owner, Germany’s Axel Springer SE, made a remarkable admission last week when it announced that reporters and staff at the new site must adhere to the company’s views on sensitive issues.
Some of the topics include the belief in a united Europe, Israel’s right to exist, and the support of a free-market economy, The Wall Street Journal reported. Mathias Döpfner, the CEO, called these values the company’s “constitution.”
“They apply to every employee of our company,” he said. If there is an employee who does not subscribe to the belief system, they should leave, he said.
As we have long forecast, Journalism in the “free world” is dead. (See “Slaughter in the Newsroom.”)
The comment comes after it was revealed that the new owner intends on investing heavily in the company and increasing its headcount by 10 percent, the report said. The site will also begin to feature a paywall for articles.
Axel Springer owns Bild and Die Welt. It has recently expanded in the U.S., buying Business Insider for about $500 million, Haaretz reported.
TREND FORECAST: Again, we have written scores of articles detailing the death of Journalism. For example, we had noted how the mainstream media, according to Fair and Accuracy in reporting, blackballed those opposing the Iraq War and banned information that proved U.S. President George W. Bush and his gang were proven liars in their claim that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. (See “Networks Are Megaphones for Official Views.”)
Going back to our 1 December 2016 Trends Journal, “The Fourth Estate: RIP,” true journalism in the United States and around the world is dead.
And as we reported in the 29 June 2021 Trends Journal, “U.S. INTEREST, TRUST IN MEDIA ON THE WANE,” we note the current reality of an “Un-Free” press and the public’s disgust with the corporate media emphasize that there has never been a better time in recent history for a true mainstream media network. It is an OnTrendpreneur® opportunity of the century.