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  •  Media Reform (22+ / 0-)

    Thank you Ms Slaughter.
    One very important thing we have to focus on other than all of the other disasters the Republicans have put us in is Media Reform.  We need:

    1.  An honest media--truth in advertising.  The National Enquirer can get sued for false stories about celebrities, why can't Fox News be sued by the US government for making false statements.  We could have a non-political organization like Media Matters as a watchdog.
    1.  No Selective Advertising--if an advertisement is true it should be run.  It is totally f'ed up for Clear Channel to decide if they want to play an ad, they should have to if it meets approval by Media Matters.
    1.  Disclaimers--slanted 'News' like Fox, Scarborough, O'Leilly, etc should all be proceeded by a disclaimer that "The following statements may be false and are only our opinion and there may exist other views more truthfull."

    This could be a start but if we win back one of the houses and do nothing, Fox News will still be there to shill shrill-ly the Republican talking lying points.

    its a non-stop disco betcha its nabisco betcha didn't know...S.O.A.D.

    by kharma on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 09:55:16 AM PDT

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    •  quick, just saw this (1+ / 0-)
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      Where can I view the press conference online?  I tried C-Span and got zilch.  Who's streaming this, if anyone?  Thanks.

      "Impossible means it just takes a little longer." --Anne Braden (1924-2006)

      by Wojo on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 10:05:28 AM PDT

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    •  Agree in theory - but might re-state (9+ / 0-)

      The PUBLIC airwaves (as opposed to cable, btw) should be run as such.

      One of the most shocking boondoggles going on is network TV accepting payment to air political campaign commercials, which seems to me to be a direct violation of the rules under which they were founded.

      Network TV should be obligated to run political ads and political coverage for FREE in exchange for all the ad dollars they make for their 'regular' programming.

      OR - all political ad dollars networks make should be put back in state/federal coffers.

      I am not up on the Cable TV laws, but I am guessing they are free to do whatever the hell they want because they set things up by 'ghettoizing' their public service obligations to specified 'public service' channels, which I guess almost nobody watches -- so them's the breaks.

    •  Re Kharma (4+ / 0-)

      reminds me of Lamar Advertising and their refusal to send a clear message to Jean Schmidt.

      DNC Unveils New 'Shame on Jean Schmidt' Ads

      You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you. -- Eric Hoffer.

      by New Sweden on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 11:58:04 AM PDT

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    •  Amen... (4+ / 0-)
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      The National Enquirer can get sued for false stories about celebrities, why can't Fox News be sued by the US government for making false statements.

      OH HELL YEAH!!! I have been saying that for a while now. I'm screaming all the time - "How can they get away with SAYING THAT?"

      Although, I would correct that by saying "why can't Fox News be sued by the US people for making false statements."

      I'm pretty sure the government is delighed they are making false statements.

      If a blogger blogs, and nothing changes, did that blogger actually make a blog?

      ---my Dad

      by Nonie3234 on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 01:36:22 PM PDT

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    •  Also: Reinstate the Fairness Doctrine (3+ / 0-)
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      and reverse media consolidation. Protect Internet neutrality.

      -9.25 -9.18 Barbara Lee and Howard Dean speak for me

      by laurak on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 02:31:06 PM PDT

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