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SharonRB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 08:53 AM
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Court lifts ban on media ownership restrictions
Source: AP

By JOELLE TESSLER (AP) 15 hours ago

WASHINGTON A federal court has at least temporarily lifted government rules that blocked media companies from owning a newspaper and a broadcast TV station in the same market.

The decision Tuesday by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit lifts the Federal Communications Commission's "cross-ownership" ban.

That restriction had remained in effect under a stay issued by the court in 2003 as it has tried to sort out legal challenges to attempts by two previous FCC chairmen, Republicans Michael Powell and Kevin Martin, to relax the rules.

<snip>

Robert McDowell, one of two Republicans on the five-member FCC, welcomed the court's move to lift "burdensome ownership rules that are many years out of date." He added that the decision is "particularly appropriate given the economic upheaval affecting the ongoing viability of many daily newspapers and broadcast stations."

Still, John Sturm, head of the Newspaper Association of America, said he does not expect a wave of media companies to start buying up newspapers and TV stations in the same market. Even the eased rules adopted under Martin come with some restrictions.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.


Read more: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5i--VT...



I hadn't seen this anywhere on DU yet. Is no one talking about this? I sure hope the FCC gets on this and fixes it soon.
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midnight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 09:01 AM
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1. This does not sound good..... I think John knows jack.... In fact I think
there will be a wave of media companies closing the market. This feeds right into privatization, and I think that is where we are heading.....
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liberalmike27 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 12:38 PM
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47. Feels a Lot Like
The last few nails going into our collective coffins, along with the corporations can buy elections ruling just prior.

Oprah, Gates, other super rich folks, get busy buying media, and SAVE UUUUUSSSSSSS, or U.S., however you like it.
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Soylent Brice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 09:11 AM
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2. just peachy.
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Gwoppi Donating Member (42 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 09:14 AM
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3. This needs to be the Obama Admin's next target
Big Media MUST be broken up and recalibrated back to objectivity. We need to start marching for this and massing outside newspaper conglomerate headquarters and television news studios NOW. A mass protest outside FCC headquarters would not be a bad idea, either.

Silence the Wurlitzer and the spell will be broken. Where it goes after that is up to whoever owns Big Media next. That needs to be The People.
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theFrankFactor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 09:18 AM
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5. Barack Should ask Rupert Murdoch to Write the Bill. The DINO'S Can High Five Victory over The Man!
Edited on Wed Mar-24-10 09:19 AM by theFrankFactor
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midnight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 09:33 PM
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68. +1
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readmoreoften Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 11:23 PM
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71. Well we are a pluralist society! We need the 5 CEOs of Viacom, Disney, Newscorp, GE, and Vivendi,
to meet with Clear Channel and one token member of the community along with one professor so that everyone can have out their opinion, and then the Administration can push through one small token reform while protecting the interests of the Big Five. Sounds totally all American to me!
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Ghost Dog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 01:23 PM
Response to Reply #3
53. Yes, Silence the Wurlitzer
and Liberate the Mind. Subsidise grass-roots media now.

Welcome to DU.
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Gwoppi Donating Member (42 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-25-10 09:47 AM
Response to Reply #53
78. Thanks for the welcome
We really do need to make media reform our next target of action.
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glinda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 08:18 PM
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66. This should be near the top and quickly.
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theFrankFactor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 09:17 AM
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4. Barack Funnels Billions to AHIP and PhRMA, SCOTUS Allows Coprorate Personhood, and Rupert Owns Media
...while IDIOT tea baggers cry "Socialism" and DLC Demos herald "success"! Lovely.
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Speciesamused Donating Member (331 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 10:32 AM
Response to Reply #4
16. Why are so many people nieve?
People just do not have a clue. We are seeing the same.
But they continue to spout change and praise, actually crying with joy
about the health care bill. There are no changes, the corporations are still large and in charge.
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liberation Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 12:34 PM
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46. I think you meant "naive" right?
And for what it is worth, it is not a new development. Parables about emperors wearing "transparent" clothes spring to mind to aptly describe the amount of denial coming from certain sectors of DU.
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riverdale Donating Member (881 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 02:28 PM
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59. naive
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 12:26 PM
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43. Rupert is going to croak.
When that happens the idiots he spawned will crash his empire. Look elsewhere for the next media monopoly.
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Swagman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 12:56 PM
Response to Reply #43
48. your'e optimistic-his mother is still alive at 100 !
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 11:22 PM
Response to Reply #48
70. Yeah, but where's his daddy?
Men are fragile. It's that Y.
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Lorien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 05:38 PM
Response to Reply #4
63. It's all smoke, mirrors, and very effective advertising. nt
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Robb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 09:24 AM
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6. The silver lining I see in this
...is that big media targeted the wrong legislation.

I give print newspapers five years' relevance, tops. It won't matter who owns them, they'll be filing for bankruptcy protection.
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mahatmakanejeeves Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 10:17 AM
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15. newspapers
Another lister said, "We need to start marching for this and massing outside newspaper conglomerate headquarters."

Uh, yeah, and we need to start massing outside the steam locomotive manufacturers' conglomerate headquarters while we're at it. We might as well break up that concentration of power too.

Actually, Gannett stock has done quite well over the last year, much to my surprise. I don't think it's because of the newspapers they own.
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Robb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 10:44 AM
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20. Probably not.
And as I read more carefully, the language is "newspapers" and "broadcast TV stations."

Over-the-air TV isn't far behind, I expect.
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mahatmakanejeeves Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 11:20 AM
Response to Reply #20
28. I'm among
the ten percent that still watches TV over the air. The FCC has proposed a sale of much of that bandwidth, with the frequencies to go to broadband Internets service.
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Steerpike Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 10:44 AM
Response to Reply #6
21. Hey Robb!
Edited on Wed Mar-24-10 10:45 AM by Steerpike
I suspect they will either buy the competition to shut them down or transform them into a primarily Web Based Product.
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Myrina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 12:10 PM
Response to Reply #21
40. Bingo!
n/t
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SpiralHawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 09:28 AM
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7. "Huzzah for total hegemony of corporate 'citizens.' Smirk." - The Supremos (R)
Edited on Wed Mar-24-10 09:30 AM by SpiralHawk
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Thothmes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 07:55 PM
Response to Reply #7
65. 3 of those justices should be wearing the logos
of the developers that had the city of New London in their pockets. Remember Kelo vs. New London.
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mbperrin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 09:29 AM
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8. What a surprise.
Well, no.
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Dont_Bogart_the_Pretzel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 09:29 AM
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9. This of course doesn't have anything to do with Comcast buying NBC...right?
Move along people, nothing to see here.

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AlbertCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 09:37 AM
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10. And we need to get back to ONE phone company too!
Edited on Wed Mar-24-10 09:38 AM by AlbertCat
Deregulation has been such a success!
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Speciesamused Donating Member (331 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 10:34 AM
Response to Reply #10
17. Madness is it not?
AM I missing the changes? Seems like others
are thrilled with the current processes of corporate
power that continues to rule.
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sweetloukillbot Donating Member (378 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 10:05 AM
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11. Gannett already owns a TV station and a newspaper in Phoenix
Not sure how they got around the ban, but it was an issue 10 years ago when Gannett bought out the local paper, I think the FCC basically just said "No problem."
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vduhr Donating Member (481 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 11:50 AM
Response to Reply #11
32. They did the same for Rupert Merdoch
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Stumbler Donating Member (599 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 10:14 AM
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12. Can anyone spell Berlusconi??
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OnyxCollie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 10:16 AM
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13. K&R. nt
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liberal N proud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 10:17 AM
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14. Removing the illusion of exclusive sources of propaganda
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melm00se Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 10:40 AM
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18. with newspapers floundering
in financial disarray, I agree with the John Sturm.

No TV group would really want to go chasing good money after bad and Newspaper groups probably don't have the cash to make a significant buy.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 10:41 AM
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19. If money is speech (Citizens United v. FEC), this case makes sense.
But, money's isn't speech.
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PuraVidaDreamin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-25-10 07:18 AM
Response to Reply #19
77. Oh but...
Money talks!

I really want to see capitalism fail and soon!
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NashVegas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 10:45 AM
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22. OMG! Such Bullshitting!
Still, John Sturm, head of the Newspaper Association of America, said he does not expect a wave of media companies to start buying up newspapers and TV stations in the same market.

I expect to see 5 companies make bids in the next 48 hours, then campaign for legislation to legalize their investment before the issue can go to a higher court.
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kestrel91316 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 10:47 AM
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23. Confusing headline. made it sound like GOOD news. Should read:
Court lifts media ownership restrictions.

BAD.
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SharonRB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 11:13 AM
Response to Reply #23
26. Had to use the exact title of the article
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kestrel91316 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 12:27 PM
Response to Reply #26
44. I know. Journalists are idiots.
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tom_paine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 12:04 PM
Response to Reply #23
37. Your Corporate Propaganda at work, framing the article
They just HAD to work "ban" in there. See, getting rid of a "ban" is good.

Orwell's nightmare comes closer and closer in our RW Authoritarian Corporate State.
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dkofos Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 11:09 AM
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24. More change I can do without.
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ezmerelda39 Donating Member (118 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 11:11 AM
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25. How appropriate?
Why is a lower court making this decision? Pretty soon they will be making decisions in our local county court. Makes one wonder how much Murdock and the rest of the big wheelers are forking over to control the entire news media. Regulations are a waste of time. They may have good intentions, but they are not enforced so why bother. Deregulate everything. No rules, no regulations.
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melm00se Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 11:59 AM
Response to Reply #25
34. because
Why is a lower court making this decision?

because that's the way the federal court system is set up. Only in exigent cases can a case go straight to the Supreme Court.
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-25-10 06:50 AM
Response to Reply #25
74. They won't be satisfied until
it becomes the "wild west". This is the plan of the PNAC.
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KamaAina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 11:14 AM
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27. "the ongoing viability of many daily newspapers"
Doubleplusgood duckspeak for "the broadcast media conglomerates see them as easy pickin's". :eyes:
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dem mba Donating Member (732 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 11:32 AM
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29. who would want to buy a newspaper??
there's maybe a handful of decent brands in the whole country (WSJ, NYT, a few others). I don't think this restriction is as important as it used to be.
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vduhr Donating Member (481 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 11:53 AM
Response to Reply #29
33. I got a free newspaper with my pizza!
It was the Sunday paper. I looked at the Sunday sale ads, but threw the rest away. I get my news from the internet - it's easier to research what I read.
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-25-10 06:53 AM
Response to Reply #29
75. So just allow them to
consolidate to their heart's desire? This is a huge mistake.

As Americans we should hope that one day the print media will again become an important part of our literate society.
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valerief Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 11:33 AM
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30. Grr! nt
Edited on Wed Mar-24-10 11:35 AM by valerief
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w4rma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 11:38 AM
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31. Very bad. Legislating from the bench. (nt)
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mikehiggins Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 11:59 AM
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35. okay. fascism it is
Why not just accept it? Hey, they made the trains run on time, right? Something the free market can't do with airlines.

A benign dictatorship isn't really all that bad, is it?

Is Iraq better off today than under Saddam? Are women in a better position? Christians?

Sure, it sucks to see democracy come to an end but who guaranteed it would succeed in the first place?

People get the leaders they deserve.

And no, I'm really not being sarcastic.

Just depressed.
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Writer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 12:00 PM
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36. I thought that this had already been lifted. n/t
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 12:05 PM
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38. FASCISM wins another one...THIS is why pro-fascism judges were appointed.
I wonder when the teabaggers will gather to protest the REAL FASCISM that has been usurping our democracy and freedom the last 3 decades.
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Jester Messiah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 12:09 PM
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39. Well that's just peachy
One robber-baron can control ALL the media, and spend unlimited amounts from the company bankroll to influence elections as well! WHAT THE HELL, JUDICIAL BRANCH!?
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Wednesdays Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 02:14 PM
Response to Reply #39
56. Heh, the judicial branch is doing what they set out to do...
After all, who do you think appointed the federal judges from 2001 until just 14 months ago?





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madamesilverspurs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 12:12 PM
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41. Was a time when every day started with a newspaper
and a cup of coffee, two newspapers on Sunday.



At least I still have coffee.

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Wednesdays Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 02:18 PM
Response to Reply #41
58. ...and DU!
Not such a terrible substitution, eh?

Daily Paper :donut:

:)




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madamesilverspurs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 02:34 PM
Response to Reply #58
60. Of course DU!
But I still miss the smell of the ink on newsprint, and I used to save the Sunday funnies to use as giftwrap...

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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 12:25 PM
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42. Based on WHAT?
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bobthedrummer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 12:28 PM
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45. The PolitBuro Channel is coming into its own now instead of operating behind masks n/t
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Triana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 01:03 PM
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49. And more media consolidation is a good thing - WHY? Pfft. n/t
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A wise Man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 01:07 PM
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50. Now they are going...
to multiply the limpdicks and crazy becks all over this country until the teapartyer's start a new civil war on their own countrymen...as the rest of the world looks and laugh us into oblivion
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louis-t Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 01:13 PM
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51. FCC is part of the problem. Read the quote from
McDowell.
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Shining Jack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 01:18 PM
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52. Dammit !
Bring back The Fairness Doctrine !
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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 01:51 PM
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54. Thinking long term, I don't really believe this will have the effect it once could...
Edited on Wed Mar-24-10 01:53 PM by Javaman
In about 10 years, newspapers, tv stations, radio stations and cable tv will be a thing of the past.

Everything will be broadcast via the net.

There won't be anymore traditional "markets". They will be a thing of the past.
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Blue_Tires Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 02:00 PM
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55. Still proving that no one learned the lessons of the '96 TeleCom act
signed,

former newspaper reporter whose career was killed off before getting off the ground...
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Lost4words Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-25-10 07:13 AM
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76. You got that correct!
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 02:16 PM
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57. More regulation of capitalism getting knocked down . . . more right wing propaganda will result...
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eppur_se_muova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 04:02 PM
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61. Lifting ban on restrictions? No, they're lifting restrictions.
Careless headline by AP.
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Canuckistanian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 08:49 PM
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67. It confused me, too
As written, it says that the restrictions will stay. It's like the "Bureau of Redundancy Department"
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Boojatta Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 11:36 PM
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72. Are you sure that it was accidental?
Edited on Wed Mar-24-10 11:38 PM by Boojatta
If the title of a story doesn't make sense, then people may be more likely to ignore the story. Also, using both words "ban" and "restriction" creates a strong impression that something unpleasant is being eliminated. Also, observe that the media are reporting the story, but obviously the media isn't an unbiased third party for this particular story any more than banks were an unbiased third party when they lobbied for legislative changes that gave us the saving and loan crisis and the more recent financial crisis.
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NobleCynic Donating Member (991 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 04:51 PM
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62. Thankfully we have the internet
Only partially mitigates the damage this ruling presents, but on the other hand the public would have been more upset if this happened in an earlier decade.
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snot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 11:16 PM
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69. The internet is no panacea; & our freedoms there are also eroding under constant pressure/attack
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conspirator Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-26-10 02:32 PM
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81. For now nt
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Earth_First Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 07:06 PM
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64. OPEN WIDE!
Time to feed the masses some more bullsh*t!
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-25-10 06:30 AM
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73. This is a horrible decision.
When the country already wallows in the mire of media consolidation the FCC is encouraging more of it? What kind of country do we want to live in? Closer to 1984 every fucking day.
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Blue_Tires Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-26-10 08:21 AM
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79. ttt
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fascisthunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-26-10 09:38 AM
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80. yeah great... because the right wing and corporate America aren't propagandistic enough
less voices... way to kill the fourth estate... ooops, already dead.
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