TVA – does it own the news?
March 7, 2013
Another writer in another newspaper questioned whether NASCAR owns the images of that fiery crash at the Daytona 500 race, which brought up the question of who actually owns any of the news. For example, I own this article, yet it is freely available to the public. From what I can see, my writings have a varied and wide distribution; I am happy about that because what I have to say, I believe, is relevant to the times.
The point is this: Almost everybody has an opinion about endless things and many, like me, write about what is interesting. In my case, it mostly is about government. Those who approach a subject, as journalists are supposed to do so with objective balance, are obliged to tell both sides of a story to remain credible, a high mark.
One such journalist who easily reaches that mark is Dave Flessner at the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Dave is becoming a rarity these days because most other so-called journalists present their own point of view or keep quiet another’s and do not reveal the truth. To be fair, most news media cannot afford the calibre of Flessner on their staff.
Major cutbacks in print media circulation and advertising have called for major belt tightening, unlike our bloated federal government. Newspapers have had to rely on national media reporting as a cost reduction effort. This content, of course, short-changes local readers, which is why many readers subscribe in the first place.
After many years of following the media in discussions about the mammoth TVA, extremely few media post anything, local analysis, commentary, except perhaps what the TVA expounds, leaving out the significance of the effect TVA is having on them. There really is not that many key media centers in TVA’s territory; Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, and Chattanooga in Tennessee and three in north Alabama; Florence, Decatur, and Huntsville, the latter known for Redstone Arsenal and BRAC. (What to do with surplus federal employees from closed federal operations?)
These three cities are the most federally dominated in all of Alabama. TVA in Muscle Shoals, Ala. was the foundation for the federal TVA intervention program and now TVA spans a great swath of the South from the western tip of Virginia to middle Mississippi, covering about 9 million people. Many lines of political jurisdiction are crossed in the process.
In my opinion, while TVA exists it does not come under the cloak of constitutionality. In some eyes, it is heretical to speak ill of TVA and others see TVA for what it is, government run wild, and a federal agency out of control that is usurping the rights of the people.
Who owns the news about TVA? Certainly not TVA.