Originally posted by @thinkofone
Yes. Diversity is good. From the article I cited:
[quote]But critics say[b] the rollback undermines the heart of the F.C.C. mission to protect diversity, competition and local control in broadcast media. It also gives an increasingly prominent conservative voice in broadcast television — Sinclair has become known for its right-leaning commentary — a ...[text shortened]... deregulation. The video in your OP demonstrates this. This is right wing conservative politics.[/b]
Well, 'right' but not accurate--- as in, nowhere near the broader picture which is necessary for a more balanced understanding of what is in play.
The article is not balanced, if it must resort to incendiary phrases such as "Trump administrations pursuit of dismantling regulations," especially in light of the fact that the current landscape of diminished ownership had literally nothing to do with Trump whatsoever.
When this bill was passed into law, Congress was held by Republicans:
Senate: 53 to 47 [53% to 47%]
HoR: 234 to 197 [54% to 43%]
The bill was one of 28 primarily sponsored by Larry Pressler, serving as a senator from South Dakota at the time, after several years as a representative--- the first Vietnam veteran to serve as an elected member of the Senate.
He wasn't grandstanding for any telecommunications influence from his state so that can be eliminated from the consideration.
While serving on the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation during the 104th Congress, he put forth a bill the panel worked on which concerned itself with the the six decade old Communications Act of 1934.
They figured it needed an update to address both new technology as well as whatever settling had occurred in that ensuing time.
Bill Clinton signed it into law.
Pressler was/is not a died-in-the-wool Republican, supporting both Obama and then Hilary in her run for president, for whatever reasons.
Eliminating the bipartisan aspect, we can see their intention with the bill/law and it is very obvious the results are diametrically contradicting the same.
What was supposed to foster competition made monopoly easier.
And that's how we have monstrosities such as Clear Channel.
This leviathan is responsible for having played Mrs. Robinson
from Simon & Garfunkel no less than six million
times, to date.
If a three-year old heard nothing but Clear Channel's 'diversity' non-stop, they would go 32 years without a break.
Having the media controlled by a few--- regardless of their current political leanings--- is not a good thing.
But it wasn't Trump that brought it on: it is us who allow it.