In the past few days, a familiar meta-debate has emerged online about the promise and perils of feuds between liberals and socialists, which I think is laid out neatly in two tweets:
flak is produced on a large scale, or by individuals or groups with substantial resources, [that] it can be both uncomfortable and costly to the media…The ability to produce flak, and especially flak that is costly and threatening, is related to power.
funding mainly from large corporations and the wealthy heirs and foundations of the corporate system. At least eight seperate oil companies were contributors…The function of AIM is to harass the media and put pressure on them to follow the corporate agenda and a hard-line, right-wing policy. It presses the media to join more enthusiastically in Red-scare band-wagons, and attacks them for alleged deficiencies whenever they fail to toe the line on foreign policy. It conditions the media to expect trouble (and cost increases) for violenting right-wing standards of bias.