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Who Decides What Is Valuable & What Is Not
By Jim Kirwan
"FCC Commissioner Wants to Test the 'Public Value' of Every Broadcast Station - excerpts
Susan Jones, 12/3/10
"American journalism is in "grave peril," FCC Commissioner Michael Copps says, and to bolster "traditional media," he said the Federal Communications Commission should conduct a "public value test" of every commercial broadcast station at relicensing time. ...
"If a station passes the Public Value Test, it of course keeps the license it has earned to use the people's airwaves," Copps said.
"If not, it goes on probation for a year, renewable for an additional year if it demonstrates measurable progress. If the station fails again, give the license to someone who will use it to serve the public interest." ... ...his prescription for "testing" commercial broadcast stations will alarm defenders of free speech and free enterprise. ...
in return for free use of airwaves that belong exclusively to the people, licensees agree to serve the public interest as good stewards of a precious national resource. Importantly, these proposals are for the most part actions the FCC can take on its own authority. We can make this down-payment on media democracy now.
As the old question goes: If not now, when? If not us, who?"
Copps said the FCC and Congress in the future will need to examine the rules governing the structure of media ownership." (1)
Irony of ironies - the whole principle behind the Republic (which died with the Act of 1871) was that every point of view was to be protected - not abolished.
Because under a Republic the minority was to be protected from the tyranny of the majority and the "government" which is the literal translation of "Democracy" (which equals mob-rule). Under the direction of USI's recent "coming-out party" all of that is no longer applicable - along with the Truth in Advertising polices that forced those who made any claims to anything in the media could be held liable for the lies they tell in promoting anything from political candidates to questions of national security, all the way down through, phony-drugs to treat fake-diseases - and of course this would also have applied to what is in the food we eat (not taken over by THE FOOD-CRIME BILL) that was passed to crush Organic Foods in favor of AGRIBUSINESS and all of its poisoned Genetically Modified plants and animals that we are expected to simply consume: Without regard to what is actually in either the food we eat or the air that we must breathe ~ do the math people: No matter how you look at this for-profit, private, foreign corporation USI has actually surpassed The Orwellian World of "1984" by a factor too large to actually measure! (2)
In addition The fairness doctrine which attempted to force broadcast outlets from newspapers and magazines all the way through radio and television, once required thee media outlets to present opinions from both sides of every issue they covered (unless it was a clearly labeled "commentary" which had to be clearly identified as such, (people like me are called columnists - and can be allowed to express their own personal points of view.
If the public does not soon begin to remove their heads from wherever they have misplaced them ­ then there will be nothing left of this place that so many yuppies still tentatively call "home." The public has become nothing but a joke which USI gets to laugh hysterically over every morning as the totals of the public's continued SILENCE continues to be reported as "favoring" the tyranny they routinely commit against every single one of those that have embraced these bastards: All the way from the criminally-placed Bankers, through the Zionistas that now rule with ruthless brutality, over the scraps that remain of this once powerful country. . .
Think about it!
1) FCC Commissioner Wants to Test the 'Public Value' of Every Broadcast Station
2) Failing to Protect USI from the Public
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