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Licensegate: How the FCC Gave Away NYC's Channel 5

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birch
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birch   8/14/2011 11:05:31 PM
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It looks like the FCC is not much better than the SEC. Both of these agencies are at serious fault, but that fact also feeds a dangerous assumption that is abroad in this country, not only in Congress but also in the talk of many of the republican presidential candidates. Republicans are apparently beginning to believe that most civilian government entities do no good at all, leading to the conviction that we don't need any, or at least not much, government at all.

Considering the poverty of our current political discussions on how much government we need, with much talk but no attention to the facts on any side of the issue, it might be a good idea to give some thought to how to make the FCC into an honest and well-run operation. If we don't watch out, we could find ourselves with no FCC at all.

Birch

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More Marvin Kitman
Ted Faraone   8/10/2011 4:58:40 PM
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I have greatly enjoyed the history of NewsAmerica Holdings according to Marvin Kitman.  Having been part of the Fox TV team early on I read it with great interest.  I can't wait for the next installment.

driven
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driven   8/9/2011 9:16:12 PM
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Absolutely. It's an extension of the rubbish we saw our teachers pass off in school -- remember how half the class, all the "good" kids would just nod in agreement while the rest looked confused or bored or annoyed? Same thing as adults. Only now, the "good" kids nod and say "yessir"

erierunner
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erierunner   8/9/2011 1:42:03 PM
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He basically did what a lot of highly successful businessmen do, make everything so complex and confusing that those that are trying to read it simply have to nod "yes" so that they don't think they look stupid.  After all, who wants to admit that they're not educated enough to understand what was presented to them.  It has to be right....right? 

 

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Re: FCC Ineptitude
Drivewaygirl   8/9/2011 1:18:43 PM
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I concur with you both. The FCC is timid and toothless.

TelecomFreq
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Re: FCC Ineptitude
TelecomFreq   8/9/2011 1:31:13 AM
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I think another word that should never be seen anywhere near the FCC is relevant. It's been a long time since the FCC had any real clout in the telcom world......

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FCC Ineptitude
Street Smart   8/8/2011 4:15:14 PM
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If you look at the history of the FCC, there are a number of words that do not belong in the same sentence with that agency:  Fairness, balance, impartiality, courage, competence, and vision to name a few.

They have worked hand in glove with the industry for DECADES.  Excuse my cynicism, but WHY should we expect their treatment of deep-pocketed Fox to have been any different?  Fox guarding the henhouse is more like it!

TelecomFreq
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Re: now that we know..
TelecomFreq   8/8/2011 9:01:19 AM
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The threat of Fox news slandering the FCC aside, it really is not in their nature to address past mistakes they will more than likely just assume it never happened and keep on truckin'.

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now that we know..
tokyogai   8/8/2011 8:33:42 AM
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So now that we know how this whole thing started with Sir Rupert, what will the FCC do? I really think they will do nothing. They clearly made a huge mistake , but I feel it is very unlikely they will even acknowledge that they did. They almost certainly will do even less going forward. You wouldn't want to upset Fox News.



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