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  •  Repeal the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (36+ / 0-)

    3-step Plan:

    • Repeal the Telecommunications Act of 1996.
    • Restore the Fairness Doctrine.
    • Make it a broadcast license-loss offense for the editors to knowingly and intentionally broadcast lies as truth.

    Beware the everyday brutality of the averted gaze.

    by mataliandy on Sun Dec 03, 2006 at 08:34:05 AM PST

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    •  Damn, I'd settle for the first two. n/t (0+ / 0-)
      •  (OT) Lost a job over the third... (1+ / 0-)
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        back In 1982.  The radio station I was working for ran out of appeals for faking the "kidnapping" of one of the DJs back in 1976.  I didn't work there in 1976, no one who lost their job did either and all the people involved in the joke had moved on to bigger and better things.

        (It was a silly joke too, the guy was on vacation and was "gone" and people were going to have to guess where he was and his route home.  In one of the big produced "teasers" they said, "where'd he go?" and "he's missing," then the big mistake "maybe he's been kidnapped!"  Well the phones went off the hook on that one, so a bunch of silly 70s DJs were saying, in a very silly way, that he had been kidnapped for about half a day.  Then they made their HUGE mistake.  The authorities checked up on it and they didn't deny it.  

        Even the owner didn't get get hit, he sold the station.  He was able to sell it because everyone in the business expected just a big fine, not to lose the license.)

        "Whatever you say today in the comments...I shall take umbrage!" -- BiPM

        by Progressive Chick on Sun Dec 03, 2006 at 12:01:08 PM PST

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    •  FCC and Content? (1+ / 0-)
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      Personally, I want to get the FCC out of content regulation (in terms of entertainment).  They have enough to do with all of the technical issues of all of the different broadcast bands and devices that can put out a different signal.  Also, there keeps being talk of the FCC getting their mitts on cable programming standards as well.  That scares the hell out of me!

      I'm very much for a new organization for cable in general and entertainment content for broadcast.  It needs to be staffed with first amendment experts and not subject to the whims of one administration to the next.


      "Whatever you say today in the comments...I shall take umbrage!" -- BiPM

      by Progressive Chick on Sun Dec 03, 2006 at 11:49:28 AM PST

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    •  I'm not sure of the fairness doctrine... (0+ / 0-)

      that cuts both ways.  AAR, Thom Hartmann, etc. would be subject to having Sean given time on their stations also.  Still, it may be the only way to archive more balance, I am not sure, however.

      What I think needs to be done is rip the news away for corporate ownership. Make them required to carry it by law (use of airwaves, cable, etc.) and tax them to fund it!  Something like the BBC is one via TV Tax stamps; although I do not like taxing TV's, I want information to flow, not be stymied.  Tax the corporations, if they whine about not being able to make money, then tell them, fine, close shop, someone else will step in an be happy with the profits still to be made!  Free Market!!

    •  And step # 4 (0+ / 0-)
      - Get the toothpaste back in the tube.

      I'm not saying that the deregulation brought about by the TCA was a good thing. But even if we could undo the legislation (doubtful), I don't expect we'd be able to go back to the status quo ante.

      I'd rather see more effort put into building up alternative forms of media, so as to bypass the big corporations entirely. Hmmm, I wonder what that might look like?

      Lying about WMDs changed everything.

      by Nowhere Man on Sun Dec 03, 2006 at 12:44:06 PM PST

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