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onenote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-14-08 10:55 PM
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62. shouting "fire in a crowded theater"? Give me a break
There are several hundred cable channels. Most cable operators carry around 70 - 90 or more. No one cable channel has the power you claim.

WHile I think that there is too much concentration in the local tv market (duopolies, local management agreements), I am old enough to remember when there were only three broadcast networks and most local stations offered little if any national news programming. Until JFK's assasination in 1963, the nightly network news programming was 15 minutes long.

As recently as 1980, 75 percent of the televisions in use during the time the network news was on were tuned to one of three choices: ABC, NBC or CBS. Today, the audience is fragmented among those networks, Fox, CNN, hundreds of non news choices, and a virtually unlimited array of selections on the interet. Excuse me for not thinking that the old days of three choices were so much better than today (although, as stated, the pendulum towards local concentration has swung too far).
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