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  •  It has everything to do with it. Regardless of (6+ / 0-)

    the industry, they are a corporate person whose speech is its money, and cannot be restricted.  OF COURSE they are a media company, and for many years, they have been a mouthpiece, etc.  But you are ignoring the money as speech aspect of any corporation under Citizens United.

    Please know I am not rude. I cannot rec anything from this browser. When I rec or post diaries I am a guest at some exotic locale's computer. Ayn is the bane!

    by Floyd Blue on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 10:42:22 AM PDT

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    •  Floyd under the US Constitution "the press" (0+ / 0-)

      has always had the ability to provide what we might think of as "in kind" contributions, although legally they aren't classified as a contribution of any kind. News Corp didn't need CU to do anything they wanted to regarding candidates and causes in their US media.

      I don't think that News Corp has had an active program of funding, directly through its corporate treasury, independent expenditures for candidates. Those independent expenditures are much easier under CU, and can be done without any public disclosure in some cases.

      "let's talk about that" uid 92953

      by VClib on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 11:03:05 AM PDT

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      •  fairness doctrine (0+ / 0-)

        the electronic media was required to give equal time.

        reagan took that out.

        •  pat - the FD only applied to AM/FM and broadcast (0+ / 0-)

          television, those media using the public airwaves. It never applied to print, cable or satellite broadcasting.

          You are confusing the FD with the Equal Time rule which were two separate regulations. Here is a good summary.

          http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

          "let's talk about that" uid 92953

          by VClib on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 04:17:04 PM PDT

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