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  •  Three forces that got us to this point (2+ / 0-)
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    1. Deregulation. The end of the Fairness Doctrine and a permissive FCC in matters of media consolidation opened the door to Fox, Clear Channel, and wall-to-wall HannityRush talk radio. The idea that the airwaves belong to the American people has, to coin a phrase, been rendered quaint.
    1. Celebrity culture. To the extent content is driven by demand, there's an awful lot of demand out there for the latest "news" about Angelina's shopping-trip adoptions, Britney's slow-motion meltdown, and the latest Missing White Woman. Then again, demand is driven by money-fueled PR machines. How else can you explain the fame of Jessica Simpson, who has the skill set of an Applebee's hostess?
    1. 9/11. After the attack, tens of millions of Americans put their brains in cold storage, put the claim check in their sock drawer, and forgot about it. Small wonder they were so easily brainwashed by the magpies at Fox "News" who pointed the accusing finger at Saddam. Or respond to HRC's "3 am" commercial that blatantly exploits the fears of "security moms."

    Thinking about our pathetic popular culture--it's hard to tell when entertainment ends and the "news" begins--not only gives me a cluster headache but makes me wish that I were brainlessly happy, like the guys playing in the band in that tacky "Viva Viagra" commercial.

    Replete with "misstatements" and elisions and retracted and redacted and revoked assertions.--Carl Bernstein on HRC's record.

    by Dump Terry McAuliffe on Sun Apr 13, 2008 at 08:07:50 AM PDT

    •  And President Bill Clinton helped bring us here. (3+ / 0-)

      Deregulation. The end of the Fairness Doctrine and a permissive FCC in matters of media consolidation opened the door to Fox, Clear Channel, and wall-to-wall HannityRush talk radio. The idea that the airwaves belong to the American people has, to coin a phrase, been rendered quaint

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      Yet now he and Hillary wail and moan about the state of the media.

      But it's a self-inflicted wound, born of triangulation.   Unfortunately, this wound was inflicted on the rest of us too.

      President JOHN McCAIN = George W. Bush's third term.

      by chumley on Sun Apr 13, 2008 at 08:25:33 AM PDT

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      •  End of the Fairness Doctrine... (1+ / 0-)
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        Why we lost it and why we need to get it back from Common Dreams.org.Great article.

        First they ignore you..then they laugh at you..then they fight you..then you win~Ghandi

        by Wild Starchild on Sun Apr 13, 2008 at 09:06:05 AM PDT

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      •  Fairness Doctrine: Highly Overrated (0+ / 0-)

        The crap that passed for "public service" programming on locol stations in the 70s and 80s was crap twice warmed over, and played at 14 o'clock at night.

        In college we used to make fun of the guy at the Springfield Mass (pre-Simpsons) sitting in front of a sort of Star Trek insignia and bloviating.

        Then there was the long-running tussle about networks trying to say saturday cartoons were "educational."

    •  Post of the day...LOL.. (0+ / 0-)

      You could turn this into a diary..well done sir.:~)

      First they ignore you..then they laugh at you..then they fight you..then you win~Ghandi

      by Wild Starchild on Sun Apr 13, 2008 at 09:02:40 AM PDT

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