Friday, January 03, 2003

I was thinking some more about the previous posts on the purchase of TV time by companies who want to influence the content of what is on TV. Now, this may be a crazy idea, but what if they are doing something similar with respect to political advertising? Consider this: if these companies fork over large sums of money to the networks and cable companies, then that will jack up the overall price of commercial time (higher demand creates higher prices). Which means that it will cost more money for candidates to run their ads in prime-time. Which means that only the richer candidates, or those who have sold themselves out to the highest bidders (i.e., the same people buying up TV time with large amounts of cash), can afford to run for office. Could this be intentional?

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