Analogy: Ruling party : Humans :: Media : Robots.
Original Asimov Laws of Robotics:
- A robot may not harm a human being, or through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
- A robot should obey the orders given to it, except where such orders conflict with the first law.
- A robot must protect its own existence, as long as such protection doesn’t conflict with the first or second laws.
Were we to extend this to the political and media sphere, we can derive three underlying laws for all (successful) media houses:
- A media house may not harm the ruling party, or through inaction, allow the ruling party to come to harm.
- A media house should report stories which it is made aware of, except where such reportage contradicts with the first law.
- A media house must protect its own reputation, as long as such protection doesn’t conflict with the first or second laws.