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Friday, July 30, 2004

 

Media Reform http://www.madison.com/tct/opinion/index.php?ntid=7559&ntpid=6

posted by Brian Ulrich at Friday, July 30, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
I am a firm believe in the idea that quality grassroots political involvement - or even intelligent participation in the process - requires strong and reliable sources of information. This Capital Times editorial about media reform touches on that issue:
"The networks have replaced the civil and democratic values that once played a role in decisions about what to cover with commercial and entertainment values that dictate a denial of seriousness or perspective when it comes to political stories. That's one of the reasons why so many Americans objected last year to Federal Communications Commission proposals that would have lifted the cap on the number of local TV stations a corporation could own - and the amount of the viewing audience network-owned stations could reach."

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