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With Massive Handouts To Sinclair, FCC Clears Path For New Wave Of Media Consolidation

By Tim Karr/Free Press

The Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines Thursday to erase several longstanding media ownership limits that prevented one broadcast company from controlling too much media in a single market.

The agency rolled back a local television ownership rule that barred a broadcaster from owning multiple stations in smaller local markets and weakened the standards against owning more than one top-rated station in the same market.

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Posted on November 17, 2017

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Stop Sign

The owner of a Washington-state computer shop asserts that computer viruses are the biggest threat to business computers, when clearly the real danger comes from shitty coffee.
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Posted on July 17, 2007
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Joel Osteen

He's everything Kevin Trudeau would be if Trudeau actually believed in anything.
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Posted on August 15, 2007
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What I Watched Last Night: Columbo, Sort Of

By Tim Willette and Steve Rhodes
20 tweets in - nothing about Columbo.
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Posted on July 11, 2017

With Massive Handouts To Sinclair, FCC Clears Path For New Wave Of Media Consolidation

By Tim Karr/Free Press
The FCC's vote culminates a series of agency moves to directly benefit right-wing media company Sinclair and after its merger with Tribune.

Posted on November 17, 2017

Trump's Secret Weapon Against A Free Press

By Tim Karr/BillMoyers.com
While Trump is attacking reporters on the front lines, he's quietly granting massive favors to any giant media company that's willing to toe the administration line.

Posted on November 16, 2017

Local TV News Is About To Get Even Worse

By Margot Susca/The Conversation
Local broadcast media content is about focus even more on stories that can turn a profit for corporate headquarters rather than serving local communities. And the big companies that operate these stations are going to withdraw even farther from the communities they cover, threatening a key foundation of American democracy.

Posted on November 13, 2017

So You Think You Know Chicago . . .

By The Museum of Classic Chicago Television
"The next question is for you, Reverend Jackson."

Posted on November 7, 2017

Lisa Madigan Et Al. Vs. Tribune-Sinclair

Cite Consumer Protection Duties
Allowing a merger that permits one television broadcast company to reach 72 percent of U.S. households is contrary to the spirit and letter of the law.

Posted on November 3, 2017

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