A Broken Media and Gun Violence

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Tom Hall: Is there anything “free” about a ‘free press’ that is controlled so as to eliminate serious discussion about an industry that leads to the death of tens of thousands of people every year?

The Battles of Occupy Portland

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Shamus Cooke: The Occupy Movement will be crushed if the demands being fought for do not connect with working people. A key characteristic of any powerful social movement is the appearance of successive, large demonstrations that draw in new layers of working people, students, and the elderly.

Rejoice, FCC Kills Fairness Doctrine

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Sue Wilson: The final nail has been pounded into the coffin of the Fairness Doctrine. But there is much to celebrate. Wednesday’s FCC ruling shows the agency clearly understands that broadcasters do have an obligation to “serve the public interest.”

Apocalypse September!

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Walter Brasch: It’s probably just a coincidence, but 1988 was also the same year that George Bush, whom Sadaam Hussein called The Great Satan, was elected president.

Big Media: One; The People: Zero

Sylvia Moore: Aside from the Republicans, the corporate media were big winners in this year’s turbulent mid-terms. This election was the most expensive non-presidential election in history, with $4 billion spent by candidates.

Friday Feedback: Media Consolidation’s Long Tail

Friday Feedback: It’s hard for the public interest to compete with the special interests and their huge campaign contributions. Perhaps the way to go is to try to revive and enforce some of the regulations that the FCC used to have with regard to minority ownership, the Fairness Doctrine, the Equal Time Rule, a minimum number of hours of news and public affairs and children’s programming, etc.

“Why Is the Media So Anti-Union?”

ill Londrigan, president of the Kentucky State AFL-CIO, leafletting Louisville packing plant. (Photo: Mandy Dixon)

Berry Craig: Generally, the smaller a paper or TV or radio station is, the greater its bias against unions. Their anti-unionism is sometimes as plain as their front doors, which are often plastered with decals or stickers proudly proclaiming chamber membership. The fact that the chamber is openly pro-business and anti-union apparently doesn’t trouble local media owners about conflicts of interest.

Sarah Palin and Me

nonymous sources are the bane of a reporter’s existence, and have been at least since Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein used them extensively to unmask Watergate and topple Richard Nixon. Frankly, writing as someone who has been covering news since the late 1960s for everything from local newspapers to major market TV and radio stations [...]

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