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  •  Yes. Agreed. But the Fairness Doctrine ... (8+ / 0-), say, the Non-Proliferation Treaty, needs to be massively upgraded and updated. We shouldn't just return to the status quo ante.

    •  Diary, please :) (0+ / 0-)

      Unless you've already covered this, and I missed it.

      "Success is a level of violence where the people feel comfortable about living their daily lives." --George W Bush, May 2, 2007

      by mspicata on Wed Aug 01, 2007 at 07:01:02 AM PDT

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      •  try this (0+ / 0-) This was the discussion about Fox News and the lies they love.  

        Murdoch doesn't bother me as much as that Roger Ailes.

        Perhaps what we should do is start a movement to discredit Fox News, My Space and the WSJ.  Perhaps for MY Space and the WSJ great alternatives will pop up because having those bastards control those media outlets is dangerous.

        "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross." Sinclair Lewis

        by cpa1 on Wed Aug 01, 2007 at 08:08:22 AM PDT

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        •  Ahem. . . (2+ / 0-)
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          Not trying to be "that way" about this, but KO's reference to D Kos was bittersweet for me.  It was my comment, and follow-up research, on Saturday that was re-packaged as a Diary yesterday.  I'm a little put-out that the Diarist didn't give me any props or links in his diary to mine -- upon which his diary was 100% based.  Not often my work makes it to the Front Page, then gets referenced on national television...

          Just saying.


          The distinction that goes with mere office runs far ahead of the distinction that goes with actual achievement. H.L. Mencken

          by BenGoshi on Wed Aug 01, 2007 at 08:49:07 AM PDT

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        •  FWIW (0+ / 0-)

          I was referring to MB's Fairness Doctrine stance.

          "Success is a level of violence where the people feel comfortable about living their daily lives." --George W Bush, May 2, 2007

          by mspicata on Wed Aug 01, 2007 at 10:21:12 AM PDT

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      •  See here. (2+ / 0-)
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        I did a somewhat extensive and researched Comment on Saturday.  Three days later someone else re-packaged it as a diary.  I'm not happy that the diarist gave no props to me for the work, and idea and angle, that became his well-regarded diary.  I'm glad, of course, that his diary was well-received, and then referenced on national television by KO that night.  I'm less than happy that no credit was given, in the Diary-proper, to my work, which was lifted and made into the diary in question.


        The distinction that goes with mere office runs far ahead of the distinction that goes with actual achievement. H.L. Mencken

        by BenGoshi on Wed Aug 01, 2007 at 08:52:39 AM PDT

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    •  exactly (0+ / 0-)

      Most media isn't under FCC regulation, anyway. I don't personally feel that it should be.

      •  But the consolidation of media ownership should (7+ / 0-)

        be addressed.  Far too few people control all of our media now and that has hurt this country greatly.  It isn't just a problem in the media either.  Do we even have anti-trust laws anymore?  Because if we do no one seems to be enforcing them... not that that surprises me with this DOJ and Bush Administration.

        •  sure, I agree with that. (2+ / 0-)
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        •  The $1 million question is ... (0+ / 0-)

          HOW do we address it? If we accept the premise of capitalism as practiced in the US, how do you stop a news organization from buying another?

          Call it a monopoly and stop the sale? What other things can the government do to stop this trend?

          How would you stop "bad" sales and allow "good" sales or mergers? Who makes the distinction?

          •  Up until the 80's and 90's we had stricter rules (0+ / 0-)

            limiting ownership.  No more than x number of local television affiliates could be owned by one entity - I can't remember if there was a viewership/audience reach calculation in the original system - there is a component now - but I think it is close to 40% saturation which is far too great.

            Under the old system, the TV Newtorks themselves could only own a few local stations and the rest were affiliates.  Affiliates bought programming from networks and licensed their brand, but were for the most part independent in how they ran their programming.  Radio owndership also was limited to a particular number.  Clear Channel couldn't own thousands of radio stations and program them all too.  Cable companies were limited in how much they could consolidate as well.  As a result, there was less consolidation and more local ownership of media outlets around the country.  It was a pretty good system.  Sadly, the 1994 Telecommunications Act was sort of the coup de grace on the old system.  Since then we've seen sweeping consolidation throughout the system.  We were supposed to get more choice, but in fact we ended up with less choice driven by far fewer thought-leaders - thus we have a lot less diversity of opinion and thought out there.

    •  It is like the "family hour" (0+ / 0-)

      which was supposed to be children oriented/family oriented programming but instead became a dumping ground for reruns of 30 year old sitcoms and 1940's cartoons.  That was so much easier than actually thinking about programming.

    •  We're still part of Non-Proliferation Treaty? (1+ / 0-)
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      Signers are not allowed to say 'nuclear' or 'nukular' in the presence of non-signers.  

      I thought that BushCo's discussion with, and promise of power reactors for India (a non-signer) negated our signatory status?  No?

      Everything is funny as long as it is happening to somebody else. --Will Rogers

      by groggy on Wed Aug 01, 2007 at 07:07:44 AM PDT

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    •  My FCC Manifesto (0+ / 0-)

      Here are the changes I plan to make when I am appointed head of the FCC.

      All media outlets will provide air time and print space to the candidates. By this rule we hope to achieve a practical degree of campaign reform, by dissallowing the majority of paid campaign ads, and leveling the playing field for all parties.

      We will work together with the IRS to define and identify stealth campaign ads disguised as news. When one of our regulators finds a news story which simply repeats a candidates policy position, that segment will be treated as campaign ad time, and the media outlet will be taxed on the revenue that ad time would have earned.

      Secondly encumbents must play by the same rules. Speeches made to advance policy position and expose the candidate's views for political purposes will be counted against set limits, and if the encumbent goes over those limits, that time will charged against his campaign fund.

      All encumbents are guaranteed a set amount of air time for their constituents.

      Thirdly if any media outlet does a news feature on any corporate product, any movie, soft drink, or the like, they will pay taxes on the equivalent amount of ad time.  

      The task is not as daunting as many believe, the number of media outlets has actually shrunk in the last few years, and many of the features made at the media headquarters are shared with affiliates.
      The decision as to what standards constitute political ad making will be given to a bipartisan panel. The result of their findings will be published weekly, so viewers may discern for themselves how much material they receive is unbiased and ostensibly truthful.

      The measure of media accuracy is a separate matter, and sins of omission will be regarded as well as mistatements of the facts, and outright distortions. Factual errors, made during media coverage which is also defined as a taxable political ad, will carry additional fines, and the threat of limited access to the media.

      "Everything is chrome in the future..." Sponge Bob Square Pants

      by agent double o soul on Wed Aug 01, 2007 at 08:31:48 AM PDT

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