At Right Wisconsin, I write about the incongruity of letting some people called "the media" who are engaged in "journalism" do whatever they want when it comes to conspiring with and supporting candidates, while those who are not in this privileged position cannot.
My point is not to accuse any particular media outlet of plumping for a candidate, although the Cap Times, in sponsoring a rally for the Democrats, does seem all in on that. It is simply to note that they can. Even if you could prove that a newspaper was in the tank and working hand in hand with a candidate or party to influence an election, you'd have no complaint under the law.
My first point is to ask why this should be. Why should the Journal Sentinel or WTMJ or Fox News or MSNBC be able to establish themselves as partners with a political perspective or candidate, while others - who may have to buy time or curry favor with these outlets - may not?
My second is to suggest a conclusion. Since we'd all recoil at the notion that the notion that the expressive conduct of the newspapers or television stations can be curtailed (at least I hope we would), then maybe we should be more supportive of the speech rights of those who have to buy into the media's privileged position.
Cross posted at Purple Wisconsin