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  •  An unconstitutional law? (31+ / 0-)

    Clearly, you aren't aware of the fact that for decades there were limitations on ownership of radio stations.  It has only been in the last 20 years or so that those limits have been lifted and as a result, the industry is suffocating itself.

    Bill Moyers' diary here today about the FCC possibly lifting the rule barring Rupert Murdoch from buying the Chicago Trib and/or the LA Times doesn't give one tons of hope that we are going in the right direction yet, but still it would be nice if the FCC were to start to put limitations on ownership again.

    Most broadcast television and radio stations were at one time locally owned in this country and that was by design - and it wasn't unconstitutional.

    •  HoundDog has a point. (6+ / 0-)

      Laws preventing such ownership concentration probably would now probably be struck down as unconstitutional.

    •  I remembered the old laws which I thought were (6+ / 0-)

      a good thing, and would be happy to have them back, although I would expect them to be stricken down.  If Citizen's United says corporations have so much free speech they can contribute unlimited amounts to presidential campaigns, on what basis would we suggest they can not own an unlimited number of radio or TV stations.

      If you argued that excess concentration of wealth, and ownership of media is a threat to democracy I would agree but I'm not on the SCOTUS.

      The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

      by HoundDog on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 03:43:28 PM PST

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      •  The rejoinder to this would be "public interest".. (4+ / 0-)

        which is the way the old FCC regs were written - ownership and programming had to serve the public interest, fairness laws to inform the public, and so on. Of course, thanks to SCOTUS, the public interest can go take a flying fuck compared to the corporate one.

        Your black cards can make you money, so you hide them when you're able; in the land of milk and honey, you must put them on the table - Steely Dan

        by OrdinaryIowan on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 04:20:37 PM PST

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      •  the airwaves belong to the public, not corps. (7+ / 0-)

        that's the whole basis behind the prior FCC rules, regarding ownership of both radio & tv stations. because the airwaves belong to the public, the radio/tv industry is required to serve the public interest, not the reverse. the public airwaves position also made constitutional rules regarding who could own those stations, and whether or not they could own them in a particular market.

        the whole point was to avoid monopolies in the industry, such as a Clear Channel, because that wasn't good for competition. similar to the rules requiring banks and their investment arms to be separated. once the republicans got in power (yeah, i know, you're shocked), they changed those rules, and the results haven't been pretty.

        the thing about republicans, that people don't understand, is that when they get power, they massively fuck everything in their path up, both public & private. they can't help themselves, it's like it's in their DNA.

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