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Re: Media coverage of media deregulation

On Tue, 29 Apr 2003, Dan Billings wrote:

> People have noted here how the issues of media ownership deregulation and
> ownership concentration are rarely covered or talked about at all in the
> mainstream media.  Some have reasonably suggested that this is due to the
> inherent conflict that the media faces on this issue.

I find this truly sad, but it only goes to show you how biased our news
coverage can be, especially when it concerns something that might damage
their company. There is no way other than word of mouth to truly let the
public know about what is going on.......and without the public's
knowledgte, it could have a very negative effect.
> I was surprised today to here Rush Limbaugh talking about the issue.  He was
> obviously defending the policy, but I was surprised to here him talk about
> it at all considering what company owns his show.  He even took at least two
> callers who disagreed with him.  Both made the points about ownership
> concentration limiting the diversity of opinions represented in the media.

All I can say to this is, while I disagree with him, good for him for
bringing it up and educating the public a little bit about it, and
especially for allowing some callers through that disagreed with him.
Although I can almost guarentee he'll be getting an nasty letter from some
executives for doing so.....