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aint_no_life_nowhere Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-18-08 12:57 AM
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18. Media deregulation under Reagan and Bush
We've seen the results under George Bush, the FCC, and Michael Powell where broadcasters could now own up to 45% of the stations in a medium, all across America and also own up to 3 stations in any major city. It has resulted in consolidation across the board and the decision as to what we see and what is broadcast placed in the hands of fewer and fewer giant companies and their business executives.

Ronald Reagan's FCC in 1983 amended rule 315 to allow commercial broadcasters to start sponsoring political debates. Before that, they were required to offer fair and equal access to all candidates because a debate was considered a news event. The result was that they didn't sponsor any debates and debates were sponsored by non-broadcast entities like the League of Women voters, with the networks only covering them as news. And we all know how the removal of the Fairness Doctrine has affected what we see and hear in the commercial broadcasting landscape. Stations that lie and deceive on a constant basis like Fox News could not operate under the Fairness Doctrine.

The airwaves and their frequencies belong to the people and the networks only use them with the consent of the people. Unfortunately, our society seems to have forgotten that.
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