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  •  There are provisions the FCC could use though (6+ / 0-)

    Broadcasters on the public airwaves (this doesn't apply to cable) need to show they are "serving the public interest" if enough people worked to show FOX's over-the-air channels weren't fulfilling that the FCC could refuse to grant them a renewal for those stations. Yeah, it's not much, mostly symbolic, but what a kick in the crotch it would be to Rupert and Roger.

    To me progress is not so much a goal as it is a process and I believe it will not follow a straight course. Remember, the drops of water that form the river may not take the shortest path but they will still reach the ocean.

    by ontheleftcoast on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 04:29:47 PM PST

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    •  That would be awful and I'd be disgusted (1+ / 0-)
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      ajwagner

      But it won't happen so this is a difference of opinion about nothing, to coin a phrase.

      You know, I sometimes think if I could see, I'd be kicking a lot of ass. -Stevie Wonder at the Glastonbury Festival, 2010

      by Rich in PA on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 04:36:01 PM PST

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      •  I agree it won't happen but why should it be (1+ / 0-)
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        considered awful? They are the PUBLIC airwaves. We, the People, control them. They are a finite resource that we have the right, under law, to manage. I don't see this as a free speech issue, some form of censorshp. We are effectively leasing the resource to FOX. And if they are irresponsible stewards of that resource shouldn't we have the right to demand they return it to us? FOX still has the right to go into the marketplace of cable and make the case to the private companies that they have value and should be carried. But FOX should not get a free pass on the public dime.

        To me progress is not so much a goal as it is a process and I believe it will not follow a straight course. Remember, the drops of water that form the river may not take the shortest path but they will still reach the ocean.

        by ontheleftcoast on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 05:44:13 PM PST

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        •  Every 5 years or so (maybe 7 or 10) (0+ / 0-)

          all broadcast stations (not the network, but the local stations) have to report to the FCC about the programs they are broadcasting that meet certain criteria. They also have to report the number of complaints about that programming they have received. They are required to tell viewers the address to which complaints about their programming should be sent. This probably occurs around 3:30 am for a minute or so.

          This is required for them to keep their over-the-air broadcast license, which is why it doesn't apply to cable/satellite stations.

          The FCC can deny a license renewal if there are enough complaints. It doesn't happen often, but it can happen.

          I reject your reality and substitute my own - Adam Savage

          by woolibaar on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 06:13:17 PM PST

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          •  Cable channel. Not pulic airwaves. (3+ / 0-)
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            murrayewv, mmacdDE, Boise Grad

            FCC has no jurisdiction.  They'll shift once they realize this is a center left and heading lefter nation.  It's about the money.

            I'm not looking for a love that will lift me up and carry me away. A love that will stroll alongside and make a few amusing comments will suffice.

            by I love OCD on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 08:08:22 PM PST

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    •  All of this crap on the radio... (4+ / 0-)
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      blueoasis, OldDragon, zootwoman, murrayewv

      ...is made possible through the wholesale repeal of media ownership concentration rules, the Fairness Doctrine, etc. Put the same basic guidelines that existed in 1980 back in place and much of this boarding-on-genocide-promotion radio would be gone.

    •  Foxs broadcast channels are way different (1+ / 0-)
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      samddobermann

      And their local news is good, their entertainment programming is some of the best, and they run a lot of sports.

      Broadcast isn't the problem. It's JUST Fox News.

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