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(Earlier attempts by the FCC to liberalize those rules were knocked out by a federal appeals court back in 2004, and this year Congress squashed a new attempt by the FCC to loosen them.) Obsession with ownership rules is based on the same misunderstanding that allows for government regulation of broadcast media of a sort that would never be tolerated for other media: that an inherent scarcity requires government to manage distribution and ownership, despite the First Amendment.
A Manifesto for Media Freedom Brian Doherty Freeman; Oct 2009; 59, 8; Docstoc pg. 45 Reproduced with permission of the copyright owner. Furt
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