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  1. END MEGA-CORP OWNERSHIP OF MEDIA.

    A small handful of powerful corporations controls the majority of new media. This stifles the real business of news media which is investigating and reporting facts. It creates a biased stranglehold in which a powerful media owner, such as Murdock, has disproportionate control over the content and delivery of news.

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    • Hold public hearings on Deliberate Disinformation and Propaganda

      Every day there are several documented new instances of deliberate disinformation, distortion and propaganda by media outlets. Just yesterday, for instance, KFI 640 AM radio's John & Ken Show regurgitated the Faux Nooze deliberate distortion and misrepresentation of Phil Jones' interview with the BBC on the subject of Global Climate Change. They -- both numerous individuals at Faux as well as the John & Ken radio personalities -- made numerous willful false statements about what this climate scientist said about the subject of global warming, and in doing so deliberately distort the issue for political purposes.

      Faux Nooze went to…

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      • Require Comcast to divest NBC broadcast network when it merges with NBC/Universal

        The broadcast network will be crushed by the Cable giant and will lose citizen value as a broadcaster.

        It should be sold to a small group, ideally it should become employee-owned, so that it becomes more likely to respond to its local communities and tackle issues that embarrass the country's conglomerates.

        As a requirement prior to approval of the merger, the government should require Comcast to spinoff NBC broadcast network.

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        • Put a lock on the revolving door

          FCC commissioners are supposed to work for the public not trade their positions and votes for cushy jobs in the industry they are trusted to regulate. After her yes vote on the NBC/Comcast merger, Meredith Attwell Baker will start collecting her pay from Comcast. Something is seriously wrong here. Are there no rules against this?

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          • Encourage competition, then stand back

            Government has limited power to intervene in the media. Historically, it has dealt with anticompetitive business practices (especially when a newspaper seeks to become a monopoly) but has not been allowed to go farther. The best thing government can do is remove obstacles to competition (including some of its own existing policies), prohibit anticompetitive practices, and stand back. The people have a great thirst for information; they will do the rest via a free and open marketplace.

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            • Develop regulations that require media outlets to recant blatant falsehoods or they pay cash fines

              Create a cost for state and federal level media outlets that don't do fact checking and hat spread mis-information or lies.

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              • Simply said: Broadband internet for 100% of the country

                Knowledge is power and the most effective tool for delivering information is the internet. If the FCC requires all homes across the nation to have access to fast internet, we will be better equipped to compete in all aspects on a global scale.

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                • Ban corporate ownership

                  I have not been able to work in commercial broadcasting since the station I worked for, WFUN-FM 95.5 Bethalto, IL, was sold from local ownership to Radio One in 1999. I would have been able to stay in commercial radio had there been more local ownership of local radio, and not this concentration on corporate ownership. I was not able to find work in commercial broadcasting in the St. Louis area; I was forced to give up looking in the spring of 2001. I lost my last broadcast job at a public radio station last July, after working there for…

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                  • Allow all Directv and Dish net work cust

                    all customers of Directv and Dish network should be able to get access to local news and information from any where in the contry even if served or unseved by local broadcast networks in a dma. if an unserved household can get a distant signel for out side there local tv dma then what about a served household please make it so all sattilite subcribers and get these channels from outside our local tv markets. plese make changes to this law by elimenating the waiver process without hurting local broadcasters

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                    • Encourage local ownership of stations

                      Many TV stations are now investor owned by media conglomerates instead of local family groups. The investors behind the conglomerates are more interested in squeezing every dime out of their stations rather than investing in the communities the stations are licensed to. Newsrooms have been gutted in the name of keeping profit margins up and doing minimal journalism with what little staff and money is granted to the newsroom instead of what many of the old family own stations were like before they were sold to media groups (KING/KGW/KREM under the Bullitt family for example).

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                      • C-SPAN has great news

                        Require all cable providers to include all C-SPAN channels, 24/7, for all subscribers, including Basic.

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                        • Ensure true net neutrality.

                          There's all this talk going on about Google\Verizon and a tiered internet. The internet is the most powerful media force our society has ever experienced, and to ensure equal access the internet should remain neutral. This is no different than someone deciding what you can and can not read.

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                          • Here's a "creative" idea:

                            Here's a "creative" idea: keep ethics in the media! Stop showing sex, nudity, cursing, violence, and all that destructive filth!

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                            • Show more coverage of bills in the senate

                              I watch the news all the time and I was when I saw absolutely little to no coverage on PIPA, SOPA, and a few other bills that were huge in the news networks like ABC, FOX, and many other mainstream news. This is a stifling thing to find when the very fabric of every day life now a days is being threatened, and the media ignores it. There should be more coverage on bills, and the doings in senate to better inform the public on policies that could vastly affect their lives.
                              All that is wanted is merely a blurb…

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                              • Professional journalist license

                                With the Internet crowded with 'citizen journalists,' it's time for organizations like the Society of Professional Journalists and universities to team up to create a licensing structure for journalists (including photojournalists). Media organizations could then make a big deal out of how many professional journalists they have on staff. It would help with credentials at events, etc. It would also mandate the kinds of training journalists should undergo to maintain standards of truthfulness in the field.

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                                • Ban the Use of Unnecessary Technology

                                  I don't think that the radio audience is being effectively served with automated stations that are run by computers that frequently break down. I don't think radio stations should ever use computers to run their stations; they should have a human being on the premises 24 hours a day. A prime example of this took place at KSLG in St. Louis, MO (at 1380 on the AM dial) on January 13 and January 27. After finishing the coverage of a Missouri State University basketball game, the computer automation failed to switch the program to Fox Sports Radio, in which the…

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                                  • Focus on information that builds community

                                    Use the government to build up communities that lack good information about civic life and public engagement. Public broadcasting is the closest thing to this. Make that funding point directly at information that creates community and informs it. Or create new model funded by the government. The BBC works in Great Britian. The U.S. deserves the best too.

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                                    • Consumers must change to force change in conglomerates

                                      It is difficult to pinpoint specific policies that could force media to improve the quality of their news and information dissemination. While I obviously believe that mass media conglomerates aren’t the best system for producing high quality press, I think it’s futile to sit around and try to come up with ways to break up Newscorp or Disney. In our pseudo – capitalist, market based economic system, it is impossible to avoid the giant companies that tower over the business landscapes. It’s impossible to break down an economic system that has been developing for the past 240 years. But, when…

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                                      • New Orleans and locally owned stations

                                        It used to be that locally owned stations in New Orleans would play locally produced music. A lot of R&B and rock and roll music became classics because of this practice. Now with the out of town corporations owning local radio it's next to impossible for local artists to get airtime.

                                        With talk radio here we have WRNO, a great station that airs Rush, Hannity and Levin along with a couple locally produced shows, even the Jesus Christ show. They have a Nascar show which I don't care for but is obviously popular.

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                                        • FCC enforce a Code of Practice on Media Outlets

                                          Regardless of Political leaning, all news outlets should abide by a Code of Practice which SHOULD BE regulated by the FCC. All parties found breaching the Code of Practice should face heavy fines, and repeat offenders should face charges and have relevant action pursued to the full extent of the Law. This will discourage any future breaches from any news and media outlets. This would hold true not just for political stories, but any subject where BIAS and OPINION are portrayed as FACTUAL, or where facts are slanted or blatantly changed to misrepresent an event.

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