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  •  "The FCC has a policy that truthful broadcasting (0+ / 0-)

    is in the public interest and the station could lose its license on a challenge."  Thank you for making that point, william shipley.  To me, that says that we have the legal framework we need for dealing with blatant factual dishonesty at least in broadcast media.  (The press is more complicated).  But the legal framework is not being used in the public interest.

    I don't think we need more regulation of speech in order to have honest media.  I think we need two things. 1) We need enforcement of the laws we have by administrations that care about the public welfare more than about pleasing multinational corporations.  2) We need to go back to significant limitations on the ownership of media, so that a diversity of ownership is developed once more.  That is crucially important. The current concentration of ownership of media is deadly to a genuinely free press / free media.

    To achieve either of those two goals will require limiting the power of corporate money in elections.

    I also fervently agree with those who believe we have to stop extending legal "personhood" to corporations.  

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