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Protect democracy by
fighting media consolidation

Seattle Times, by Michael J. Copps

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Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 1/4/2013 2:55:13 PM

What if I told you that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) was again up to its old game of encouraging more media consolidation — more broadcast outlets owned by big companies? (Snip) It surprised me, too. I thought the reconstituted commission that took control in 2009 would preserve local media and reassert the public interest in a diverse news and information ecosystem that is the foundation of our civic dialogue and, indeed, our system of self-government. After being turned down by both Congress and the federal courts in recent years for attempting to loosen the ownership rules,

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Buried deep in the editorial is his concern that by consolidating media outlets, they eventually fire employees, including many "reporters" needed to ferret out stories. But, what he doesn´t realize is that the LSM already gets its talking points daily from the dRATS-driven White House and therefore don´t need the overhead. The Internet and "citizen journalist" [think Breitbart] will be the source of truth in the future.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: MattMusson, 1/4/2013 3:54:26 PM     (No. 9098777)

Support the separation of Media and State.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Mass Minority, 1/4/2013 4:23:37 PM     (No. 9098817)

OP, and all LDotters for that matter, I agree with your conclusion, large media outlets can no longer be trusted. If one listens to any of the alphabets or reads any of the major dailies the repetitive sameness of the stories is frightening, the same story, same opinions, same phrases, same descriptors.

But I am always put off when anyone, especially a news source, claims ownership of "the truth". Far to often "the Truth" is simply code for "my opinion". I don´t want "the truth" in my news I just want verifiable facts and reporting.

Truth is not the black and white absolute we wish it were. One can lie as easily with true facts as with fantasy. Take todays tax debate as an example. The left states that the taxes hurt the wealthy less because the increase at 30K is 1.7% and on the wealthy its only 1.3%. That is an indisputable fact and it is also the truth.

The right says the rich will pay much more than the poor, 3000$ compared to
$200. That too is an undeniable fact and the truth.

So given two seemingly opposite stories both undeniably "the truth" what am I left with?

Just give me all the facts, and analysis that is clear and transparent, ie if you are liberal, I want to know, if you are conservative I want to know. If you claim you are "unbiased" i want to turn you off because you are lying.

Just give me that, I´ll find my own "truth".

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Penney, 1/4/2013 6:21:29 PM     (No. 9099042)

Again the wisdom of Pres. Reagan comes to mind: ´´Trust but verify!´´

Scripture advises at least 3 witnesses to help discern the truth. ...And when considering the source, a, ´´good,´´ name is an important factor. Trust once broken is difficult to regain. Today´s statist politicians are certainly proving that point!

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