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    and the solution is to shatter the mega-conglomerated media into tiny little pieces. And I think this is what is actually behind the rightward race of the media: it is supporting the party that allows it to consolidate and make big profits (well, used to make profits anyway; it's falling on hard times because of the unsatisfying product it delivers, with terrestrial radio in especially dire trouble). It wants government to continue to support a media policy that is opposed by 99% of the American people across the political spectrum: no other single policy has more total bipartisan support than de-consolidation of the media. Everyone from the NRA and the Concerned Woman of America to the ACLU and the HRC recognized how bad consolidated media is and how it threatens THEIR voice. In 2003, when the FCC was again proposing to loosen ownership rules to allow more consolidation, even though it tried to not solicit public input and refused to read what it got, the issue got the second largest response received by any government body about any issue that year, exceeded only by the invasion of Iraq, qhich had just occurred.

    Again: I don't think the right slant of the media is ideological at all. It's merely a factor of supporting those who will give it the right to do what they think willgive it the greatest profits.

    We're retiring Steve LaTourette (R-Family Values for You But Not for Me) and sending Judge Bill O'Neill to Congress from Ohio-14:

    by anastasia p on Sun Apr 13, 2008 at 07:03:35 AM PDT

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