To quote AAR in their song "Ragamuffin Techno": "You have freedom of speech, as long as you don't say too much."
CBS and FOX are both big companies and, like all big companies, they want to grow and expand in any way possible. If something comes down through the President channel that's in their favor, they aren't going to resist it, especially if it's highly profitable. Bonus if it's legal too! They'll gladly shun any other proposal that would mean more risk/less money. Highest bidder principle. This shouldn't be surprising to anyone at all.
Yeah, this is a money-based society, regardless of all this faith-based stuff Bush has been touting recently. If you don't have the cash, then sit down and shut up. Unfortunately, smaller organizations and groups rarely have the money to get noticed among big players like large companies and the gov't itself, even though it technically has NO money at all. I mean if the average citizen were allowed proportionately the same amount of debt without being threatened with all kinds of legal garbage if we didn't pay up in 6 months...pardon, I digress.
This is a money-based society. Entities with more money to throw around get seen/heard more than smaller entities do. And the gov't can weasel more money from taxpayer money if it feels it needs it. Smaller entities rely almost solely on the population for funding. The kicker is, these smaller entities can get the population to care about a situation. They can sometimes get huge rallies assembled and marches done. However, in the long term, they have trouble getting financial backing to get things done on Capitol Hill. Why? The population who would care has money problems of its own. There's that money thing again. The kids have to get through college, the car died, credit card bills are stacking up higher than the kitchen table, there's that blasted mortgage...WITH interest. There's a whole list of things that the average family must tend to before it can tend to something else and that list is always growing longer.
It's a bitter catch-22, isn't it?