Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Media Matters

So, even though Chris Dodd helped table a retarded motion to grant the telecom industry retroactive immunity for aiding President Job's law breaking, per his willful disregard for FISA checks and balances, wire tapping and government eavesdropping, it turns out the the FCC was in turn http://www.blogger.com/img/gl.link.gifloosening the law that makes it hard for a newspaper to own TV stations in the same market.

It was bad enough when the FCC let the likes of Viacom and Clear Channel gobble up radio stations across America. This decision paves the way for further media consolidation and, ultimately, vertical integration. Which will be a disaster for anyone that respects the freedom of the press. I mean, if you think the media is in a dire condition now, just wait until right around the corner when one company inevitably owns all the news outlets - radio, TV, newspaper - in one market. Anyone think that will make things better?

It's no wonder so many of the powers that be rip on the internet as irrelevant. It's quite possible that independent bloggers will be, in the not so distant future, the only thing preventing a total media hegemony. At least until one corporation owns all internet providers, too.


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