Nationalization of Social Media
Let’s just call this my Friday the 13th Hypothesis for August of 2021. I’m no political science major, nor do I have an interest in becoming involved in shifting the political power from private industry into government however it does intrigue me just a little bit.
If I were president what would or could I do to stop the overreach of or abuse by private industry?
Maybe I would take the example of President Trump like when he created the US Space Force as a new branch of the DOD. I’m sure he had subject matter experts advising him concerning the pros and cons of doing something so bold. He obviously liked the possibilities of what could become of this very important aspect of the future of America as it continues reaching toward the stars.
Well I’m not Trump and I don’t have that vision.
What if the president decided to take aggressive action to reign in media and social media giants – ABC, CBS, NBC, NPR, FNN, Google, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube since they have been acting as an unofficial arm government?
How do you suppose he would begin?
Could he create a new cabinet position?
A new agency called the Department of National Media (DNM) and since media and social media deals with national security and the spreading of disinformation or misinformation without addressing the real concerns or American interests at home or abroad the DNM would fit perfectly under the Department of National Intelligence (DNI).
How would this new agency become staffed, funded and operate? At first that was a bit tricky, but then I recall how previous presidents dealt with major issues of their time using something called Nationalization of Industries.
Nationalization is the process of transforming privately-owned assets into public assets by bringing them under the public ownership of a national government or state. Nationalization usually refers to private assets or to assets owned by lower levels of government being transferred to the state. Nationalization contrasts with privatization and with demutualization. When previously nationalized assets are privatized and subsequently returned to public ownership at a later stage, they are said to have undergone renationalization. Industries often subject to nationalization include the commanding heights of the economy – telecommunications, electric power, fossil fuels, railways, airlines, iron ore, media, postal services, banks, and water – though, in many jurisdictions, many such entities have no history of private ownership. – Wikipedia
According to this CBS News article most nationalizations have been temporary.
In 1952, President Harry S. Truman tried to nationalize the steel industry to avert a strike threatening the Korean War effort, but his efforts were blocked by SCOTUS.
In 1971, the National Railroad Passenger Corp. was established and in 1976 it became the Consolidated Rail Corporation (Conrail) with the federal takeover of six bankrupt rail lines. In 1987, it became privatized and today we still have Amtrak rail passenger service, still not a real money maker or self-sustaining.
In 2001, the airport security industry was nationalized under the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) as a response to the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
In 2009, President Barack Obama said at the White House that the U.S. takeover is temporary. “What I have no interest in doing is running GM,” he said.
What I propose is not to take failing businesses and have the government take over the day to day operation while taxpayers have the burden of keeping them afloat.
Quite the opposite, after the end of the Obama administration something began happening that had never before been seen in America. Beginning with the Trump administration social media began censuring and banning the sitting President of the United States, sitting Members of Congress and former administration officials, medical doctors and others who spoke out in contradiction to the “approved” dictates of certain government agencies or organizations.
The president could declare a national emergency, such as when we were faced with the Chinese Virus in early 2020 and Trump brought together private industry, medical experts and facilities to begin production of PPE and the rapid development of emergency use vaccines to combat the COVID-19 virus.
Only this emergency declaration would be to inform the above mentioned media and social media that their corporations have been nationalized to combat the war on misinformation.
The president could then formally announce the creation of the Department of National Media (DNM) and nominate a prominent subject matter expert to head up this new agency. There are several possible candidates I can think of, but will leave that up to the president.
Something to think about on Nationalization of media and social media, they would be immediately run by the government and these media empires would come crashing down as all assets, real and financial would become government assets. Employees would then become government employees. The finances could then go into the national treasury to offset irrational government spending. Because most nationalization is termed temporary, they could at some point become privatized with stricter controls as to what they can and cannot do, just something to think about. – I am the Real Truckmaster!