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    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.

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