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Media and Democracy in America Today: A Reform Plan for a New Administration

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Publication Date: August 2008

Publisher(s): Common Cause Education Fund

Special Collection: Presidential Advisory

Topic: Media, telecommunications, and information (Mass media)

Keywords: Media consolidation; Presidential transition; Media reform

Type: Report

Coverage: United States

Abstract:

This document will identify specific problems with how the media is serving--or not serving--our democracy, and will propose solutions. We will address long-term issues that will require continual attention, such how well the media is serving local community interests. And we will also address urgent issues such as the digital television
transition. Some of the solutions we propose will require federal legislation, some will require the FCC to act, and some will require other solutions. The key point to this paper, however, is that while there are problems there also are real solutions--if we find the will to make them happen.