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Socialism Doesn't Work (12.07.2004)
One Group Sends 99.8% of FCC Complaints
What's wrong with that? The group (Parents Television Council) propagandizes with language like "Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael Powell thinks this is okay for your children any time of the day. We don't agree. And if you don't agree, let him know." That's the language of statism: Suggesting that the government does and should arbitrate media content. The PTC is very defensive about this report, and charges that even more government intervention is required. The very statist flavor of their propaganda is ironic, given that most of the group's members probably self-identify as Republicans. Not every problem requires a government "solution". Particularly as new technology means that the broadcast spectrum really isn't a scarce resource anymore, the case for government regulation seems weaker and weaker all the time.

Broadcasting (12.07.2004)
Competition Returns With a Bang to Radio Network News
Scores of Clear Channel radio stations will be switching from ABC Radio News to Fox. ABC has been almost completely dominant as a radio news network for some time, with CBS serving fewer stations (and even less of the largest signals) and NBC Radio News virtually nonexistent (and, ironically, delivered by Westwood One, a subsidiary of CBS's parent company, Viacom).
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