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  •  It's the 1st Amendment. Owned or Not Owned, (2+ / 0-)
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    lostinamerica, IreGyre

    all important media are corporations themselves. There's still no intrinsic reason for them to serve the nation's or the peoples' interests ahead of corporate interests.

    The freedom itself was made backward, and some of the framers themselves were shocked by how press freedom worked in practice when they began to serve under it.

    Not that I have a snap answer to what it should be.

    If we started by looking at the forces and powers of a 21st century democratic superpower, and worked backward to what relationship a government should have to information and communication so that that superpower would be safe and beneficial to its people and the world, the constitutional formula for info/communlication would look like a Star Trek phaser compared to what the framers wrote with quill pens.

    There's no compact musket era phrase that can come within a light year of what we need even for mere safety and survival of democracy.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 07:02:50 PM PST

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    •  serving the nation's and the peoples' interests (1+ / 0-)
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      daily kos and other progressive blogs are public media - not corporate owned, operated or inclined - and are more and more important and influential.

    •  Still, no. It's not the first Amendment. (0+ / 0-)

      There's nothing in the 1st Amendment which guarantees corporations existence, let alone rights. Courts didn't treat corporations as people for half the life of the nation, and future courts don't have to.

      It's Congress and their FCC which has made things the way we find them. Currently regulations favor consolidation. Previously, they didn't as much. In the future, they don't have to at all. Congress can write a law; can appoint an FCC which says "Any corporation can own one outlet in five markets and that's it."

      We are not seeing a 1st Amendment consequence. We are seeing a business/Congress partnership consequence, a partnership going back to the early days of radio.


      The Internet is just the tail of the Corporate Media dog.

      by Jim P on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 08:29:33 PM PST

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