Whack Big Media

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From StopBigMedia.com:

Play The Game. Then Take Action.

Rupert Murdoch’s media empire just keeps on growing. This summer, Murdoch gobbled up the Wall Street Journal, one of the country’s most respected news sources. Now Murdoch has launched the Fox Business Network. The new channel, which aims to peddle Murdoch’s brand of business news to the American public, will start in about 30 million households – a considerable reach to begin with.

With these new ventures, Murdoch will control a national broadcast network, two cable news channels and a national newspaper - putting him in charge of several of the scarce number of national outlets that set our news agenda. Murdoch has shown with his other media properties – including Fox News Channel — that he’s willing to sacrifice accuracy and balance in service of his own political and business agenda. His expanded control over business journalism means fewer sources of news and fewer voices and viewpoints. Americans who depend on multiple sources of information lose when too much media falls into too few hands.

It wasn’t always this way. Local media used to be run by local owners. But then Congress and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) — the government agency that protects the public interest in media — changed the rules to let media barons like Murdoch buy up more local media everywhere.

That’s where we come in.

We can demand better media, and we can insist that the FCC live up to its mandate to foster more media diversity, localism and competition.

So take action and join the fight to “Stop Big Media.” Our democracy depends on it.

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