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Watcher
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News media Bias

Hmmmm....wonder if there really is news bias out there? Yep, the 5th Column is running along very well indeed.

Melvin Udall
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Wow; pretty astonishing when

Wow; pretty astonishing when you see it that way.

Looks like anti-trust considerations are a fading vestige of the past.

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When was the last time

When was the last time companies were declined the ability to combine due to anti-trust laws?
I don't remember any.

mainemom
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Remember when AT&T combined

Remember when AT&T combined with T-Mobile?
Oops. Stopped by the feds.

Ugenetoo
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That's one.

That's one.

mainemom
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These are not media mergers,

These are not media mergers, but:

Feds stopped Staples from merging with Office Depot.

They stopped Sysco from acquiring US Foods.

There is also a trend toward denying mergers between health care facilities.

As for media, did anyone notice that the Kochs recently underwrote the purchase of several magazine properties, including Time? Mr. Koch promises not to get involved with the content.

Ugenetoo
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My point, Mainemom, is that

My point, Mainemom, is that the standards that resulted in the breakup of Ma Bell have been relaxed to the point that there is entirely too much consolidation in all facets of our corporate landscape.
It results, not only in consolidation of power, but, in most instances, a general loss of innovation as the larger corporations become more and more bureaucratic and leadership becomes more and more entrenched.
These behemoths begin to resemble the monster that our federal government has become and our state government is well on the way to becoming.

johnw
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The government / media

The government / media cartel continues to attempt to control the content of everything we hear and see as “news”.They are desperate to encircle and control the internet which has become the an open challnge to them....Minds that question have resources on the internet to ferret out the truth....even internet goants like google and Facebook can’t control the content to the extent the media does.....

anonymous_coward
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Luckily we can get our news

Luckily we can get our news from Russian Facebook bots!

Toolsmith
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I encountered far more

I encountered far more Hilbots. Never even saw any Russian ones... more media fakery, imo.

Mainelion
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Any idiot who gets his news

Any idiot who gets his news from Facebook deserves what he gets.

Bruce Libby
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Interesting the biggest

Interesting the biggest elephant room is just listed once. Cable i.e.Comcast the only cable provider.

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Thom Hartmann. There, I said

Thom Hartmann. There, I said it. I don't trust him either. That said, I do believe he is one, or he hires good researchers. He doesn't spin everything that interests him.

I have heard him talk on-air about and, in one of his books, he points to a specific moment, a conversation and the conversants which begat the modern era of FCC deregulation and media consolidation. It basically came down to a pretty big event that it's pursuers expected to breeze through but was thwarted by a sudden and unexpected interest by the media.

I thought it would be easier to find than it has been so, no link and I'm hoping someone more familiar with his work can shine a light on it.

Meanwhile, I would also add that media consolidation is the elephant in the room that conservative talk radio refuses to acknowledge. Can't risk nibbling at the syndicating hands that feed them. So, a tip of the hat to Hartmann for talking about it, at least.

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