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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Feb 20, 2011 New Jersey TV Station Is Accused of Failing Its Audience
QUOTE: The F.C.C.’s inquiry, announced on Thursday, was prompted by complaints from media activists who say that since the cutbacks, WWOR has overstated its coverage in filings to the F.C.C.
New York Times Apr 16, 2010 Apple Blocks Pulitzer Prize-Winning Cartoonist From App Store
QUOTE: Apple's walled garden approach to App Store content means they can exclude pretty much whomever they want. But can and should are obviously entirely different things. And if they're sincere about the iPad being the future of media, they're going to need to accept that satirical—even controversial—voices are an essential part of the information landscape.
Gizmodo Aug 28, 2009 Court tosses "arbitrary" FCC cable market share cap
QUOTE: The United States Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit has just thrown out the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) rule limiting each cable provider to no more than 30 percent of the overall video marketplace.
Ars Technica Jul 29, 2009 Unpopular Science
QUOTE: The problem with the decline of science journalism is not just that there is less attention overall to science; it's that the remaining science coverage is less illuminating. Instead, it indulges in a variety of journalistic pathologies that thwart an improved public understanding of science.
Nation Dec 19, 2007 F.C.C. Reshapes Rules Limiting Media Industry
QUOTE: One rule would tighten the reins on the cable television industry. By stipulating that no one company can control more than 30 percent of the market, the rule introduces fresh regulation to an industry where there has been little of it, angering both the cable industry and Republican commissioners, who favor a free-market approach.
New York Times May 19, 2007 Page Six, Staple of Gossip, Reports on Its Own Tale
QUOTE: In what some saw as a move to pre-empt the story, Page Six itself revealed each salacious accusation of Mr. Spiegelman’s, point by point. Several of the points flatly denied elements of Mr. Spiegelman’s assertions; some confirmed at least portions of them; others simply listed the allegations without denials or confirmations.
New York Times Mar 06, 2007 Broadcasters Agree to Fine Over Payoffs
QUOTE: The new penalty, which would come as part of a consent decree with the radio companies — Clear Channel Communications, CBS Radio, Entercom Communications and Citadel Broadcasting — would reflect perhaps the toughest F.C.C. enforcement of the decades-old regulations that prohibit broadcasters from taking secret payments in exchange for playing specific songs. Critics have accused the agency of lax enforcement.
New York Times Feb 09, 2007 Research-Result Battle Now Pits PR 'Pit Bull' Against Barbie Blenders
QUOTE: At issue is a movement spearheaded by patient advocates and others who say they should not have to buy subscriptions to expensive scientific journals to read the results of research they paid for with their taxes. These "public access" advocates want government rules to require that the results of federally funded research be posted on the Internet within six or 12 months after they are published.
Washington Post Jan 25, 2007 PR's 'pit bull' takes on open access: Journal publishers lock horns with free-information movement.
QUOTE: a group of big scientific publishers has hired the pit bull [Eric Dezenhall--Ed.] to take on the free-information movement, which campaigns for scientific results to be made freely available. Some traditional journals, which depend on subscription charges, say that open-access journals and public databases of scientific papers such as the National Institutes of Health's (NIH's) PubMed Central, threaten their livelihoods.
Nature Sep 11, 2006 The Mercurial Manners of Media Moguls: Titans like Viacom's Sumner Redstone hire and fire at their own pleasure—just ask Tom Freston, Mel Karmazin, and Frank Biondi
QUOTE: one skill they don't teach in business school is the care and feeding of the media mogul/owner. And they are a peculiar breed, these larger-than-life corporate titans. For Redstone and fellow moguls like News Corp. (NWS ) Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch and Liberty Media (LCAPA ) Chairman John Malone, the business is inextricably tangled with their own personal images—and family fortunes.
BusinessWeek Jul 29, 2006 Judge rejects bid for order to block sale of newspapers
QUOTE: A federal judge Friday denied...restraining order to block the sale of four former Knight Ridder newspapers...The decision leaves McClatchy and MediaNews free to complete the transaction -- one that Reilly has objected to as creating a Bay Area news monopoly...
San Jose Mercury News Jun 28, 2006 Univision Jilts Televisa for Rival Bid
QUOTE: ...private equity firms won an auction for Univision Communications, the largest Spanish-language media company in the United States, with a $12.3 billion bid, prompting the rival suitor, Grupo Televisa, to contend it had been deliberately shunned in favor of a lesser bid.
New York Times Jun 22, 2006 FCC to Revisit Media-Ownership Rules: Commissioners Face Changed Landscape
QUOTE: ...the FCC said it will attempt to set rules governing the number of radio and television stations that companies can own in one city, cross-ownership between newspapers and television and television and radio, whether one company may own more than one television network and whether UHF stations should count toward total national station ownership.
Washington Post Jan 02, 2006 Major Russian TV Station Is Accused of Censorship
QUOTE: Last July, RTL Group, the broadcasting arm of the Bertelsmann Group, agreed to buy a 30 percent stake in REN-TV from Irena Lesnevskaya, who founded and ran the channel with her son, Dmitry Lesnevsky. Some journalists are criticizing RTL for not intervening in what they say are moves to restrict the station's coverage
New York Times Aug 22, 2005 Why Everybody Is a Reporter: Citizen Journalists Go Mainstream
QUOTE: Traditional journalists and media companies say these newcomers aren’t true journalists...citizen journalists lack the resources to be reliable and often get facts wrong....Even with safeguards in place, news executives worry that questionable content could slip through.
Broadcasting & Cable Feb 14, 2005 A Column With Support At Each End
QUOTE: The Call has always written articles favorable to African American candidates. We're an advocacy newspaper." Readers of the Call, however, were unaware that Wesson was getting cash from the campaign
Washington Post Feb 11, 2005 Multicast Ruling Muddies Waters
QUOTE: ...Federal Communications Commission dealt the powerful [National Association of Broadcasters--Ed.] a painful blow when it refused to require cable operators to carry broadcasters' multiple digital streams.
Wired Jan 28, 2005 FCC Won't Appeal Media Ownership Ruling: Agency Sought Fewer Limits on Ownership
QUOTE: The Bush administration yesterday abandoned plans to ask the Supreme Court to allow a set of controversial rules to take effect that would have loosened restrictions on how large media conglomerates could grow...thrilled those who had fought to keep tighter rein on how much control one company should have over television, newspapers and radio stations in individual markets.
Washington Post Jan 20, 2005 Like It or Not, Blogs Have Legs
QUOTE: ...blogs function like peer-review journals do in the academic world, but there's a key difference. The distribution of articles in academic journals is largely controlled by a publishing cartel that charges exorbitant amounts for subscriptions, which are subsidized by the institutions and universities that can afford them. Think of it as the socialist model for informational exchange.
Wired Jan 11, 2005 Free Speech, or Secrets From Apple?
QUOTE: ...bloggers ought to be extended the same protections as mainstream journalists, who have traditionally been given some latitude by the courts in protecting the identities of confidential sources.
New York Times Oct 11, 2004 Sinclair Stations to Air Anti-Kerry Documentary
QUOTE: Sinclair Broadcast Group of Maryland, owner of the largest chain of television stations in the nation, plans to preempt regular programming two weeks before the Nov. 2 election to air a documentary that accuses Sen. John F. Kerry of betraying American prisoners during the Vietnam War.
Washington Post Jun 25, 2004 Court Rejects Rules On Media Ownership: Appeals Panel Deals FCC Harsh Defeat
QUOTE: The Federal Communications Commission's attempt to limit media ownership was scuttled yesterday by a federal appeals court that ruled the agency used faulty reasoning to determine how many newspapers, television stations and radio stations companies can own.
Washington Post Jun 23, 2004 Bill Would Raise Fines for On-Air Indecency: Senators Amend Defense Legislation
QUOTE: The Senate voted yesterday to substantially increase fines for broadcast indecency...
Washington Post May 05, 2004 Disney Forbidding Distribution of Film That Criticizes Bush
QUOTE: The Walt Disney Company is blocking its Miramax division from distributing a new documentary by Michael Moore that harshly criticizes President Bush, executives at both Disney and Miramax said Tuesday.
New York Times May 22, 2003 FCC Travel Routinely Funded by Industry: Watchdog Group Documents Regulators' Trips on the Regulated's Nickel
QUOTE: Over the past eight years, Federal Communications Commission officials have taken 2,500 business trips to global tourist spots, most of which were paid for by the media and telecommunications companies the agency oversees...
Washington Post May 18, 2003 Sounds Familiar For a Reason
QUOTE: The combination of technological change and freedom from government regulation has not liberated owners to do more with less; rather, companies have lunged at the chance to do far less and rake in much more.
Washington Post Mar 07, 2003 The Media Can Legally Lie
QUOTE: ...a Florida Court of Appeals unanimously agreed with an assertion by FOX News that there is no rule against distorting or falsifying the news in the United States.
Project Censored Feb 14, 2003 Network ownership of local stations at crossroads
QUOTE: ...the Federal Communications Commission...must figure out what to do with a rule that bars owning TV stations that collectively reach more than 35% of the 106.7 million U.S. television homes...it's a matter of fair play, possibly even survival.
USA TODAY Feb 05, 2003 Prime-Time Shows Are Getting Sexier
QUOTE: ...there is more sex on television than ever before...a growing chorus of parents' groups, health professionals and even government officials...say the time has come to set new limits.
New York Times Nov 29, 2002 In Media Res
QUOTE: [Al Gore said] "The media is kind of weird these days on politics, and there are some major institutional voices that are, truthfully speaking, part and parcel of the Republican Party."
New York Times Apr 11, 2002 Radio daze: Clear Channel-- a clear and present danger?
QUOTE: Broadcasting behemoth Clear Channel Communications flexes its muscle in Charlottesville as competitors, ex-employees, and even the federal government cry foul
Hook Mar 23, 2002 Bleak future looms if you don't take a stand
QUOTE: Tell your U.S. House representative and U.S. senators that you want real competition, not cozy oligopolies or worse, when it comes to telecommunications and media -- and that further industry concentration is unacceptable.
SiliconValley.com Mar 10, 2002 A Matter of Appearances
QUOTE: The media, which comprise the only intense constituency for campaign finance reform, advocate expanded government regulation of all political advocacy except that done by the media.
Washington Post Mar 08, 2002 A Mickey Mouse Move
QUOTE: Do companies that own news divisions think profit trumps every other value? Or do they understand that their news divisions are making money in part because they are engaged in work that's also supposed to serve the public interest?
Washington Post Feb 03, 2002 The "Standard" Book Contract: An Antitrust Lawsuit Waiting To Happen
QUOTE: Best-selling writers might be treated fairly by the media conglomerates that dominate publishing today, but the average author isn't.
Mediachannel.org Jan 28, 2002 Search Me: Doom ahead for search engines that charge listing fees
QUOTE: ...most of the big online search and directory firms (with the notable exception of Google) recently started asking for money from sites that want to be included in their indexes...respectable media outlets traditionally get their money from advertisers and/or subscribers rather than from their subjects.
San Francisco Chronicle Jan 27, 2002 Canadian Publisher Raises Hackles: Family is Accused of Trying to Restrict Local Newspapers' Autonomy
QUOTE: In December, [CanWest] announced that all 14 of its big-city newspapers would run the same national editorial each week....Many journalists say the company is breaking age-old traditions that keep reporters and columnists independent of the publications' owners.
Washington Post Dec 03, 2001 Fox Portrays a War of Good and Evil, and Many Applaud
QUOTE: Fox has pushed television news where it has never gone before: to unabashed and vehement support of a war effort, carried in tough-guy declarations often expressing thirst for revenge.
New York Times Nov 14, 2001 A Horror Unexamined: Turning Away From the Holocaust
QUOTE: There is no surviving record of how the paper's coverage of the subject was discussed by Times editors during the war years of 1939-45. But within that coverage is recurring evidence of a guiding principle: do not feature the plight of Jews, and take care, when reporting it, to link their suffering to that of many other Europeans....No single explanation seems to suffice for what was surely the century's bitterest journalistic failure.
New York Times Sep 08, 2001 Court Weighs Easing Limits On Big Media
QUOTE: ...intention to strike down two regulations that for decades have prevented the nation's biggest broadcasters, cable companies and media conglomerates from expanding by taking over local television stations.
New York Times Oct 11, 2000 The Party On the Left
QUOTE: The question is whether AOL's hard dealing against Disney would, or could, threaten the free market if it combined with Time Warner. The obvious answer is "Of course not," but there is something to fear in these machinations. That something is the specter of oligopoly.
Clickz.com Sep 01, 1999 How newspapers are selling their credibility to advertisers
QUOTE: ...a subtle, and sometimes not so subtle, erosion of the limits that editors used to place on advertiser influence? The overwhelming consensus at editors' and publisher's meetings across the country is that the "wall" between advertising and editorial has been replaced by a line.
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