The blogger Poneke, New Zeeland, is writing an interesting post about media endorsements to political parties on his page today. This is indeed a very important topic to discuss. As a free market-nut I do of course support freedom of the press, and I am totally against all sorts of governmental support to all kinds of media (take that Swedish socialist TV I & 2). But it is a serious problem that a lot of papers today more or less openly support political parties, sometimes pretty foggish. Poneke’s argument against this is that in New Zeeland they don’t have the media competition for that. That is fully understandable I think and he’s making a valid point. We have the same situation here in Iceland where monopolies seem to be a national chronic sickness or something.
Again, politicians shouldn’t interfere with what newspapers say or do, but in a such a small state like Iceland wouldn’t be a good idea to sort of minimize the impact of media endorsement to political views and/or parties? Let’s face it, people can’t be politically objective – no one is completely indifferent to any political matter – but the press should try to be as close as possible in a small state like Iceland, especially because the lack of competition.