The media in more densely populated areas will be more densely populated as well. In the more sparsely populated areas, you will find many more media outlets, many of which reflect the values of their communities. They’re more spread out, with smaller audiences and circulations, so they are not as noticeable as those of the most urban areas.
Meanwhile, the conservatives have a theoretically conservative national level broadcaster that performs better than all the others. Radio talk shows are almost completely conservative. Liberal talk show hosts actually just suck at it and don’t do well at all. Print is still print, with a wide variety of people all over expressing all kinds of opinions, left, right and other.
Capitalism works, but in a free country where a free press is not only valued but protected, everyone is going to be at the table. We have that. Capitalism worked despite the best efforts of politicians, regulators and their hangers on – The Fairness Doctrine is long gone (who knows what Trump might think of it), and even the FCC’s role is limited with cable and Internet news sources abounding.
I don’t accept the premise of your OP. Demand and supply ebb and flow constantly based on consumer tastes, interests and needs. You can’t really measure weather it’s 50 percent left and 50 percent right, so you cannot support very well the assertion that capitalism isn’t working in media. I’d guess that folks are consuming the media they prefer since no one is forced to consume media they don’t and everyone has access to more media and information than at any other time in history.
Also, journalists mostly are liberal. They still have to respond to market forces, and they do. The proof is that people find media sources that cater to their demand. Capitalism has even responded to the nutcases. They have Alex Jones and Infowars, and they have myriad Youtubers who teach the earth is flat.
Yup, and if conservatives can take away anything, it’s the hypocrisy of the socialists who pursue profit relentlessly, suing torrenters and streamers who don’t pay the meager price of a ticket or disc to watch their content.
They should also recognize the amount of conservative values shoved into many of these just to appeal to conservatives and help create profit.
Yes, there is a lot of liberal and socialist crap out there. Some of it, the pretentious art flicks, is echo chamber, and some of it is flat out propaganda – speech in the middle of “The Bee Movie,” the “Emoji Movie” movie itself, according to one of the actors. It happens a lot in the kid stuff that parents won’t watch. I had another parent call me onto the carpet for not just straight up letting my kids watch “The Lorax.” It’s Dr. Seuss after all. I eventually did, but we had a discussion about it. It’s kind of interesting how many of those kinds of movies just suck, “Emoji Movie,” for example.