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Thread: Should ABC Lose it's FCC License?

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    Should ABC Lose it's FCC License?

    ABC employees donated heavily to ObamaAs indignation turned to outrage Thursday among critics of an ABC News prime-time special on President Obama's health care policy, The Washington Times has learned that ABC employees gave 80 times as much money to Mr. Obama's 2008 campaign for president than to his rival's.

    According to an analysis of campaign donations by the Center for Responsive Politics, conducted at The Times' request, ABC employees in several divisions donated $124,421 to the Obama campaign, compared with $1,550 to the presidential campaign of Sen. John McCain.

    The 60-minute ABC program, to air live from the White House on Wednesday, is sparking hardball politics in other ways. Grass-roots boycotts, Republican outcry and a study citing media bias are all part of the mix.

    A study released Thursday by the Business & Media Institute (BMI) found that since Inauguration Day, ABC has aired news stories with positive reviews of Mr. Obama's health care policy 55 times, compared with 18 times when the network highlighted negative reviews.

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    The broadcast, they say, is tantamount to an infomercial for the administration, made worse by the fact that ABC also will broadcast "World News Tonight" from the White House on Wednesday.

    "It's not enough to say that ABC is exercising terrible journalistic judgment. The American public has to let ABC know that these decisions matter. As a believer in the marketplace, I think that an advertiser boycott is the way to deal with this unseemly display of media partisanship. After all, every American has a voice in the marketplace," said Sunny Berman of Bookwormroom.com, another conservative blog based in California.

    An ABC executive responded to criticisms with the following:

    "We welcome feedback from an audience in whatever form it might take. The top and bottom line is that we intend to produce a fair, probing and thoughtful discussion about a vitally important issue," said Jeffrey Schneider, senior vice president of ABC News communications.
    They're violating scads of journalistic ethics, and have become a tool of the government.

    Should they be required to surrender their broadcast license?

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    Re: Should ABC Lose it's FCC License?

    ...There's broadcast licenses? Why?

    I voted "No" because I don't see any reason why these should exist.

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    Re: Should ABC Lose it's FCC License?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dav View Post
    ...There's broadcast licenses? Why?

    I voted "No" because I don't see any reason why these should exist.
    While I agree with you, I voted "no" for other reasons I'll hold off on stating.

    If you're on the same page I am, you're thinking that the EM spectrum should have been treated as titled property, similar to real estate, and the government's role limited to punishing trespassing and maintaining deed and title records.

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    Re: Should ABC Lose it's FCC License?

    I don't think so, but mostly because I think the FCC should only exist in terms of preventing piracy of purchased bandwidth. Though ABC is by no means holding up to journalistic integrity...though it's hard to find anyone who does honestly.
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    Re: Should ABC Lose it's FCC License?

    According to an analysis of campaign donations by the Center for Responsive Politics, conducted at The Times' request, ABC employees in several divisions donated $124,421 to the Obama campaign, compared with $1,550 to the presidential campaign of Sen. John McCain.
    What an incredibly stupid and useless statistic. This compares to other media companies, and the general public how? Without knowing that, it is pretty meaningless.

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    Re: Should ABC Lose it's FCC License?

    If the FCC is going to license spectrum in this fashion, then licenses should not go to entities seeking to be propaganda shills of the government.

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    Re: Should ABC Lose it's FCC License?

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    What an incredibly stupid and useless statistic. This compares to other media companies, and the general public how? Without knowing that, it is pretty meaningless.
    That statistic says that the staff of ABC is biased 80:1 towards The Messiah, or 98.8%.

    That's the first useful bit that information leads to.

    Then there's the fact that ABC is refusing to sell any commercial airtime to anyone with a different view of The Messiah's proposal.

    The two together indicate their bias is both at the executive level and deep into the rank and file.

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    Re: Should ABC Lose it's FCC License?

    Quote Originally Posted by celticlord View Post
    If the FCC is going to license spectrum in this fashion, then licenses should not go to entities seeking to be propaganda shills of the government.
    The FCC issues licenses subject to periodic review on the general public service provided by the broadcaster. If enough people filed enough complaints with the FCC over ABC's propaganda infomercial, the Democrat in charge of the FCC would have to ignore it all to continue granting ABC their license to lie.

    Which is all that's going to happen, no matter what. No illusions here.

    What's funny is the Democrat's muteness on the "Fairness Doctrine". Should not ABC allow a real American with professional expertise and knowledge about the issue his own hour to counterpoint The Messiah's Nuremburg Moment, or is ABC the real modern Volkischer Beobachter?

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    Re: Should ABC Lose it's FCC License?

    Quote Originally Posted by Scarecrow Akhbar View Post
    The FCC issues licenses subject to periodic review on the general public service provided by the broadcaster. If enough people filed enough complaints with the FCC over ABC's propaganda infomercial, the Democrat in charge of the FCC would have to ignore it all to continue granting ABC their license to lie.

    Which is all that's going to happen, no matter what. No illusions here.

    What's funny is the Democrat's muteness on the "Fairness Doctrine". Should not ABC allow a real American with professional expertise and knowledge about the issue his own hour to counterpoint The Messiah's Nuremburg Moment, or is ABC the real modern Volkischer Beobachter?
    I think the major underlying problem is that we've lost the objectivity and integrity of our media. Though I don't know how far this would go to fixing that problem, I do think one thing we should do is return to the rules in which one person or company can only own one media outlet.
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    Re: Should ABC Lose it's FCC License?

    What Ikari said. There is no need for the FCC. Plus, if you are going to get rid of ABC, FOX would have to go, too. No outlets are more obviously biased than FOX and MSNBC. Free Press. Free Speech. Live with it.
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