The Federal Communications Commission, the FCC holds the power of licensing over all the broadcasting media empires, from CBS to NBC, ABC, CNN,FOX and the rest, if they had the balls and the backing of government , they could clean up the industry within months or virtually overnight, just by yanking these licenses, privileges that we as a tax payer allow them. No different than your drivers license being a privilege not a right , that if you abuse it , it can be withdrawn and or cancelled by society.

Six media empires that control 90% of everything Americans see, hear or read daily. An industry in pursuit of greater profits that has made a mochery of the US electoral process, so much so that one network CEO openly bragged that this election the way its been presented and covered , wasn't good for America but was sure good for his companies profits.


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TomDorr 2 years 41 weeks ago

Six media companies also control our congress. As bad press can cost them elections, and as media lobbyists come with bags of money, the regulators are scared to death of criticising the media, let alone pulling the plug.

I have a drivers license, but no lobbyist for my cause to prevent it being pulled if I speed or break the law driving. I also have no influence on my state legislators to the extent they would prevent my license from being pulled.

The only way to change the media is by advertiser boycotts, or viewer refusal to tune in. That is not happening, and will not change, as long as significant amounts of Americans consider news "entertainment".

Legend 2 years 41 weeks ago

As long as people watch Fox News and believe it.

The mainstream media is owned and operated by the 1%. They make money off of the news. Election is manipulated to keep it close. The closer the more money.

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zapdam. 2 years 41 weeks ago

TomDorr, Legend if your politicians weren't constantly in need of money to survive or better still if it was an offense for lobbyists or anyone else for that matter to corrupt the integrity of your politicians by lavishing them with money, your politicians could do their job and not the be doing bidding of their money sources. It that could be accomplished with new tough election rules, banning all lobbyist money, making it an offense to offer money to an elected member , punishable by jail time , not fines, all of this influence peddling would go away. Of course people would still be able to contribute to elections, but a nominal sum of say BERNIES $27 per individual . Plus ALL elections should be publicly funded, the best possible way to spend tax dollars and at the same time take the power of individual money influence out of government. Till that happens nothing is going to change.

Plus ALL federal election TV ads by all recognized parties must be given 'equal' air time at prime viewer time 'FREE of charge', an imposed federal legislated demand and requirement to holding their broadcast licensing. This would stop this current circus atmosphere created for no other reason by the 6 media empires to make money off the democratic process..

Legend 2 years 41 weeks ago

We had a chance for that with Bernie. However the media wanted Hilary or Trump so that they could continue to fatten their wallets. Bernie was a threat to the golden goose. Americans cannot see past their nose and lets the media mold their thinking. I wish that we still had Dexterous to tell us why.

Dukkah Earl 2 years 40 weeks ago
Quote zapdam.:

The Federal Communications Commission, the FCC holds the power of licensing over all the broadcasting media empires... they could clean up the industry within months or virtually overnight, just by yanking these licenses,

On what basis?

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zapdam. 2 years 40 weeks ago

Their empires are not in the best interests of the people who allow then to hold their licensing. In fact they are acting a subversives, undermining the US by selectively reporting news and information. They are in fact censoring information.

Legend 2 years 40 weeks ago

Americans need to stop getting its news from the mainstream media. Start with Free Speech TV and Democracy Now. Stop voting to make the 1% wealthier. Democrats blew it not nominating Bernie. We are doomed with Bad or Badder.

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