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  •  The media in Europe, particularly newspapers, (12+ / 0-)

    have an ideological bent and the same trend will accelerate in the US. The facts are that the big city daily newspaper is a money losing enterprise and people who acquire control of newspaper properties are willing to subsidize them because they want the soapbox. The Golden Age of Media in the US was from 1950-1990 and we will never have wide-spread journalism like that again. The item that allowed for thousands of talented writers and outstanding journalism was the profits of the media, particularly newspapers, isolated them from having to deal with any negative financial aspects of their reporting. High profits gave them editorial freedom. I know because I was there.

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Wed Mar 13, 2013 at 02:54:42 PM PDT

    •  At least people recognize and admit it. (6+ / 0-)
      The media in Europe, particularly newspapers, have an ideological bent
      People know they are gettting their news from a liberal or conservative or whatever else perspective, and aren't afraid to admit it. It does not bode well for such a trend in the US if so many Fox viewers are convinced that what they are getting is "fair and balanced".

      "No one life is more important than another. No one voice is more valid than another. Each life is a treasure. Each voice deserves to be heard." Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse & Onomastic

      by Catte Nappe on Wed Mar 13, 2013 at 03:03:52 PM PDT

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    •  We already have such baldy partisan papers (3+ / 0-)

      masquerading as ordinary dailies — like the Washington Times and Richard Mellon Scaife's Pittsburgh Tribune P.U. (Review). And we have a ton of other papers including my hometown Cleveland Plainly Republican (Plain Dealer) and the nearby Columbus Disgrace (Dispatch) that are virtually Republican Party newsletters.

      Jon Husted is a dick.

      by anastasia p on Wed Mar 13, 2013 at 04:11:28 PM PDT

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      •  anastasia - that will accelerate (1+ / 0-)
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        The financial difficulties of the newspaper business will put all the big city dailies in the hands of the billionaires.

        "let's talk about that"

        by VClib on Wed Mar 13, 2013 at 04:27:01 PM PDT

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        •  Media reform, in some way shape or form... (0+ / 0-)

          needs to be pounded into the Democratic platform soon. I'm not talking about going as far as "The Fairness Doctrine." Although, a slightly less stringent version of it might work today. But consolidation is the bane of any media venue. It definitely needs to stop.

          Break 'em up.

          We did it with the banks at one time. And the telecoms were broke up more recently. Both times it worked... at least for a while. Sure, both industries have since consolidated once again. But that was because the regulators pulled back, and Congress did a piss poor job of oversight.

          "That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history." ~ Aldous Huxley

          by markthshark on Wed Mar 13, 2013 at 05:49:29 PM PDT

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          •  Idk. Do we overestimate traditional media in the (1+ / 0-)
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            Internet age? I mean even when O'Relly, by far Fox News' top rated show, was at his peak last election cycle, he was pulling in around 3 million viewers. That's a lot of viewers (relative to other cable news networks), but the season premiere of Duck Dynasty on A&E had three times as many viewers as that!

            So if we get behind some sort of attempt at media reform, I'm afraid we will only be expending a lot of effort reforming institutions that are increasingly of little use to the American people. I think we might be better served by continuing to develop innovative new ways to reach out in the Internet/iThing era and get people involved - and actually, this site is just such an example of what that strategy looks like in practice! I mean, for example, we finally got our progressive news channel alternative to Fox, right? Yet I'm quite certain this site has been and continues to be far more influential on the progressive movement than msnbc - in no small part due to the tools this format provides for organizing and taking action.

            Social media is really the future I think. Big media? Well, as long as conservatives continue to dominate in that venue, they'll keep on tricking themselves into thinking they are communicating with the masses, when really no ones watching.

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