HAS FREEDOM OF THE PRESS BEEN INFRINGED UPON BY THE 1996 TELECOMMUNICATIONS ACT?
Freedom of the Press has been fought on the battlefield more on the government trying to restrict Journalist or the Media under National Security pretense, real or false, or FCC for fair standards or community standards, The thought has been the government controlling or restricting the press. Or even government ownership in some countries. The “Moral Majority” attacked the press, media, and entertainment a decade ago, to restrict their freedom for moral or cultural reasons. Below is a quote how the rich English Gentry once censored press on an ‘agreed upon standard’, of what should be said or not. Nevertheless, they were all censorship and restrictions placed on freedom of the press. As is this new threat.
I suppose attacks will often come from diverse and unexpected directions against freedom of any kind. Because power and control are the black fungus or goo in horror movies that try to take over and smother life, animals, forest, or kingdoms. Today; Power and Control are attacking our freedom of the press. The fall from 50 multinational corporations to 5 multinational corporations have taken the diverse, investigative, and fresh revelations from news outlets that will never return. The exposures of Watergates, the O J Simpson trial, Monica Lewinsky and Bill Clinton, and some really important revelations and exposures that protected and changed America.
Five cow herds are much easier to corral than 50 cow herds. It is quite obvious to many Americans our 5 media corporations are involved in some shadowy insidious liberal, global, agenda haze. Maybe it’s just what these elite rich people think? Nevertheless, if Freedom of the Press has lost its Freedom, Democracy has also lost its freedom.
….As I asked has the freedom of the Press been infringed upon by the 1996 TELECOMMUNICATIONS ACT?
YES. Congress by passing 1996 Telecommunications act has restricted freedom of the press. (Direct violation of the 1st Amendment, whether intentional, or not, whether it happened due to a change in telecommunications, the internet, or America forgetting why anti-trust legislation became very necessary. The Daddy Warbucks image has faded.
The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, says that “Congress shall make no law….abridging (limiting) the freedom of speech, or of the press…”
That’s exactly what the 1996 Telecommunications act did. Yet it was publicly presented that it would open new markets. Instead, major media corporation monopolized from around 50 to current 5 major media corporation. Greatly limiting competition, and diversity of opinions concerning the operation of our government, domestic and international affairs.
“The Telecommunications Act of 1996 is the first major overhaul of telecommunications law in almost 62 years. The goal of this new law is to let anyone enter any communications business — to let any communications business compete in any market against any other. The Telecommunications Act of 1996 has the potential to change the way we work, live and learn. It will affect telephone service — local and long distance, cable programming and other video services, broadcast services and services provided to schools. The Federal Communications Commission has a tremendous role to play in creating fair rules for this new era of competition.
The 1996 Telecommunications act “Because President Clinton and Vice President Gore believe that diversity of voices and viewpoints is critical to our democracy, the Act will prevent undue concentration of television and radio ownership…”
[“PREVENT UNDUE CONCENTRATION OF TELEVISION AND RADIO OWNERSHIP”?].
IT WAS A LIE!
IT DID EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT CLINTON/GORE SAID; “diversity of voices and viewpoints is critical to our democracy”. OVER 50 MAJOR CORPORATIONS TO 5 TODAY. Now 90% ownership by 5 Big Daddy Warbucks.
It’s also very obvious, to anyone except persons with their own political agenda, or for job security, or they are lemmings, the 90% media has a definite liberal, Anti-Trump slant. NO, let’s say they are at war and hate the Trump administration, and broadcast this 24/7. Did Bill Clinton and Al Gore see this advantage coming? I say they did. Either for the future Gore or Hilliary Presidency, our just for their party. Did the 5 major corporations see the opportunities to gobble up the market in this 1996 telecom law? I say they did. This act was heavily lobbied in Congress by the Telecommunications industries, the did this for a real reason.
WHY IS FREEDOM OF THE PRESS, DIVERSE OWNERSHIP SO VITAL TO OUR DEMOCRACY?
SOME FAVORITE QUOTES ON FREEDOM OF THE PRESS:
“Freedom of speech is unnecessary if the people to whom it is granted do not think for themselves.”
― Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Belief is a wonderful way to pass the time until the facts come in.”
― Carl R White
“Unpopular ideas can be silenced, and inconvenient facts kept dark, without the need for any official ban…. [IN OTHER CONTRIES] things which on their own merits would get the big headlines-being kept right out of the British press, not because the Government intervened but because of a general tacit agreement that ‘it wouldn’t do’ to mention that particular fact… The British press is extremely centralized, and most of it is owned by wealthy men who have every motive to be dishonest on certain important topics. But the same kind of veiled censorship also operates in books and periodicals, as well as in plays, films, and radio…. but it is ‘not done’ to say it, just as in mid-Victorian times it was ‘not done’ to mention trousers in the presence of a lady….
― George Orwell, Animal Farm
(NO ALLEGORY in this Animal Farm. JUST CHANGE; “IT WOULD NOT DUE”; TO THE LIBERAL AGENDA, AND “WEALTHY MEN”; TO 5 MAJOR CORPORATIONS.)
“Freedom to publish means freedom for all and not for some.
Freedom to publish is guaranteed by the constitution but
freedom to continue to prevent others from publishing is not.”
Justice Hugo L. Black
(CONSOLIDATION OF MEDIA PREVENTS OTHERS FROM PUBLISHING)
“No system of regulation can safely be substituted for the operation of
individual liberty as expressed in competition.”
Louis D. Brandeis
Source:Brandeis: A Free Man’s Life
“…The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in
insidious by men of zeal, well-meaning but without
Justice Louis D. Brandeis
US Supreme Court Justice 1928
“When we lose the right to be different,
we lose the privilege to be free.”
— Justice Charles Evans Hughes
“Ultimately all the questions boil down to one –
Whether we as a people will try fearfully and futilely to preserve
democracy by adopting totalitarian methods, or whether in accordance
without traditions, and our constitution we will have the
confidence and courage to be free.”
Hugo L. Black
Some authors argue that mainstream media journalism today is a shameful joke because of President Reagan’s decision to abolish Fairness Doctrine. Once upon a time, the Fairness Doctrine ensured that the information we receive – information vital to the ability of the people to govern in the manner intended – came from a wide variety of sources and perspectives. Reagan’s policies annihilated the Fairness Doctrine, opening the door for a few mega-corporations to gather journalism unto themselves. Today, Reagan’s old bosses at General Electric own three of the most-watched news channels. This company profits from every war Americans fight, but somehow is trusted to tell the truths of war. Thus, the myths and lies are sold to us.
The slow road to the Telecommunications Act. Could there be a bigger hammer coming, and Freedom of the Press is but one domino to fall. The First?
‘Highly concentrated’ media ownership sees Ireland slip down press freedom rankings
The Impact of Media Concentration on Professional Journalism (Germany, Finland, United Kingdom, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Poland and Romania).
THIS UNUSUAL AND UNIQUE THREAT TO FREEDOM OF THE PRESS, VIOLATES THE FIRST AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION, JUST AS IF THEY THOUGHT OF THIS DANGER, IN ADDITION TO GOVERNMENT TYRANNY OVER THE PRESS. CORPORATE TYRANNY, ELITIST TYRANNY, GLOBALIST TYRANNY.
Well, a rose is a rose, is a rose.