” So Haggis, here is my question:
If you don't like Howard Dean's suggestion and you don't like the liberal monopoly of the press, what do you propose as a resolution?”
I think you might have misunderstood my point. It appears from his statement Dean believes by injecting some more governmental regulation or oversight into the media industry then the media will once again become the watchdog of government. I thought that was slightly amusing.
“Liberal monopoly” and liberal ownership are two different things. I can assure you that the loss of that liberal monopoly is exactly the reason Mr. Dean’s knickers are in a twist.
In 1987 the Supreme Court repealed the FCC rule that required broadcasters to devote airtime to important controversial issues and to air contrasting views on those issues. At the time the Democrats hailed the ruling publicly as an exercise in freedom and privately as a victory for the media, which would no longer have to pay “equal time” lip service to the Republicans.
The Democrats reasoned that since all media at the time was exclusively liberal, with the exception of the WSJ, then the media would just continue to remain liberal, bad reasoning.
Rush Limbaugh, conservative talk radio, FOX, Washington Times, et al all sprang from that ruling. There was a quip when FOX news started that Rupert Murdoch had cleverly discovered a niche market, 50% of the American population.
Now the Democrats want to put the genie back into the bottle, and that’s exactly what Mr. Dean’s comments were alluding to.
The congressional Democrats have been trying to reinstitute that FCC rule by codification for many years without success and I suspect that they won’t even be able to get close for several decades; a good thing, as Martha would say.
What do I want to happen in the news media world? Well, nothing actually. There is no way for one person to control the output of information and the FCC’s already come pretty close to killing broadcast TV and muzzling broadcast radio.
I predict that by the end of the decade broadcast TV will be relegated to the local affairs they were in the 50’s and all serious news will come from the cables and the Internet.
Radio’s future is a bit trickier to predict but I think the FCC will begin to lose some of its regulatory power. I don’t want anyone, liberal or conservative, telling me what’s proper to listen to or watch. If you don’t like Howard Stern (I don’t, actually) then don’t listen to him.
Piq, ” There is little diversity in our reporting - as bemoaned by many on this board. Ownership by the many instead of the few would (increase the cost of reporting) increase diversity of the slant given.”
I confess to being taken aback at that comment. Can you give me an example when we had the diversity of reporting that you feel we lost?
Surely not the 50’s – 80’s when all the news we received came from ABC, CBS, and NBC. When 6-7 old white guys dressed in grey suits, wearing horn rimmed glasses told us what the news was? To be fair the TV was B&W, so the suits might have been green, but I doubt it.
Possibly I misunderstood and you are referring to newspapers? I agree we had greater diversity in the past, but I would maintain the diversity was local.
I can take the time and point out 20 major, different sources of news available today, thanks to the Internet. I can especially recommend Yahoo’s news search engine. For greater diversity I recommend the The Jerusalem Post
and The Asian Times
I’ve said before that the Internet has reduced news to a commodity, not the premium product it was when it was controlled by very few organizations.
Now, when I see some outrageous news report (generally about Iraq these days) I don’t have to accept it at face value, I have resources and options to check the truthfulness or slant of the article. It’s amazing what you will find out. I generally find some way to post the most outrageous of those here on BB.com.
Which is another example of wide-ranging, unrestricted (well, mainly unrestricted) lateral communications.
Name one other way you could have instantly shared your opinion and beliefs AND instantly received someone else’s opinion and beliefs halfway around the world before the internet?
The MSM, as we knew it, is no longer able to control what we hear and see.
Giddy times to be living, boys and girls!!!