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Dear FCC: Further Weakening Media-Ownership Limits Isn't The Answer

By Free Press

The Federal Communications Commission voted Wednesday to begin a rulemaking process to initiate the 2018 Quadrennial Review of broadcast-ownership regulations. Congress requires the agency to review these rules every four years to determine whether they remain "necessary in the public interest."

Previous reviews have substantially weakened the FCC's ownership rules, despite overwhelming public opposition to further media consolidation. Last year, the FCC slashed local television-ownership restrictions while blessing shady sharing arrangements that allow big broadcasters - like the Sinclair Broadcast Group and Nexstar Media Group - to buy up more and more local media.

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Posted on December 13, 2018

Infomercial Reviews

Stop Sign

The owner of a Washington-state computer shop asserts that computer viruses are the biggest threat to business computers, when clearly the real danger comes from shitty coffee.
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Posted on July 17, 2007
TV Preacher Review

Joel Osteen

He's everything Kevin Trudeau would be if Trudeau actually believed in anything.
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Posted on August 15, 2007
What I Watched Last Night

What I Watched Last Night: Columbo, Sort Of

By Tim Willette and Steve Rhodes
20 tweets in - nothing about Columbo.
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Posted on July 11, 2017

Nexstar-Tribune Deal Is Bad News For Communities And Local Media

By Free Press
"When Nexstar executives boast of economies of scale and synergies, they're really talking about laying off local journalists, having fewer reporters competing for scoops, and seeing the same stories and voices repeated on multiple channels."

Posted on December 3, 2018

Sinclair's Latest "Must-Run" Segment Defends Tear-Gassing Refugees

By Julia Conley/Common Dreams
In a segment all 173 Sinclair stations were ordered to air, former Trump adviser Boris Epshteyn rejected criticism of the tear-gassing and said the actions taken by U.S. border patrol agents on Sunday were necessary for the nation's security.

Posted on November 29, 2018

Lady Blue: When Chicago Hosted The Most Violent Show On Television

They called the trigger-happy Chicago police detective "Dirty Harriet."

Posted on November 27, 2018

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