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Should the FCC regulate the media?

Should the FCC regulate the media?

POSTED: Tuesday, December 7, 2010 - 3:39pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, December 8, 2010 - 7:50pm

FCC Chairman Michael Copps says that the FCC should be regulating the U.S. media.

Copps claims that America is suffering from a lack of "quality journalism" and that the people need to get essential information in order to make good decisions about the country's political future.

His critics argue, however, that no one person can decide what is "essential" for Americans to hear and what isn't, because different people have different values.

What do you think? Should the FCC regulate the nation's media -- only allowing what can be deemed "important" for the American public and limiting the amount of "extra" stories that they may consider non-essential?

Or, should the national media outlets continue to cover all stories... even though some may not consider them "important" for the viewers?

Let us know in the comment section below.

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Dear benmims:
You are right and I have to concur with you. The FCC might say it is to bring us better or informative, trash free news but in fact this is all about control..You control the media you control the people and their thoughts. Face it, people only believe usually what their told..For Example: look at 9/11. How many idiots out there think we were really attacked by radical Muslims with no government involvement?

I think we should have one publicly funded channel (like the BBC, PBS doesn't get enough donations if you ask me) and then leave the rest alone and unregulated. That way, don't like it, don't watch.

I dont think the "Fair and Balanced" is even the argument. I think this is the an attempt to bring us closer to a communist society. I don't think Chairman Copps is really worried about "Quality", he is more worried about what and how media organizations can report on government/social affairs. This is why Kim Jong Il is a considered a saint in N. Korea.

I don't know that this is the answer to the problem. I think the real problem is the twisting and contorting of the facts to suit thier paticulsr agenda, such as faux news does. Something DOES need to be done about that! But it would take a panel and some research to figure out the correct way to fix that. They DEFINATELY shouldn't be able to advertise "Fair & Balanced" when they are anything BUT.

And CNN and PMSNBC are "fair and balanced"?
This is why freedom of speech is the FIRST Amendment !

Don't know about the FCC regulating it. Sure could use some improvement on the journalism these days. To quick to cover a story, and the facts just aren't there, so they carry it on all day me, it is a bunch of needless drama.

Isn't this what governments such as Iraq, North Korea, and China do? Regulate the media so they can turn as corrupt as they want? The free press is essential to keeping us a free society. Without it our rights will be taken faster than you can blink an eye.

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