Yes, I too pine for the long ago nights one could catch Milton Berle on national TV wearing a dress and holding a huge purse all the while=20 telling people in the audience not to laugh at him. -----Original Message----- From: opendtv-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:opendtv-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf Of Mark Schubin Sent: Friday, July 09, 2004 3:13 PM To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [opendtv] Re: Commentary: Bad News in Mogulville The author, Marvin Kitman, is a humorist. Clearly his humor was lost on = you. He is also the long-time (since 1969) TV critic of Newsday (and=20 the Los Angeles Times syndicate) and co-creator of the CBS sitcom "Ball=20 Four," so he doesn't hate TV; it has been very good to him. But, I suppose that if one has vitriol and dogma on one's mind.... TTFN, Mark Manfredi, Albert E wrote: >I just don't get these vitriolic articles with such dogmatic points >of view. > >If the writer has a point about any one company owning both all- >news radio stations in a given (enoromous) market, that point gets >lost completely when his true colors shine through the rhetoric. > >So he hates radio and TV, and believes it is, or rather should >be, going out of business. If it's truly failing, then what's >he ranting about? Anything the FCC does or doesn't do will >be irrelevant. Who cares if the same company owns two news >radio stations (in a market that has heaven only knows how many >dozen radio stations) if "everyone" getting their news via >the Internet? Let it be, then. The radio and TV stations will >go extinct, and all the ranting will have been for nothing. > >Meanwhile, all these folks getting their news via the Internet >will certainly not be affected by anything media moguls own >in the radio and TV market. > >Bert > > >------------------------------------------ > =20 > >>Via ShopTalk >> >>Bad News in Mogulville >>Marvin Kitman >>Newsday >> >>Your average media mogul got some upsetting news last week. >> >>First, the U.S. Senate voted to rescind the new Federal >>Communications Commission rules that would allow a company to own as >>many as three television stations, eight radio stations, a cable >>operator, as well as a newspaper, in the same market. >> >>What an outrage! >> >>And if that weren't bad enough, a federal appeals court in >>Philadelphia ordered the FCC to reconsider those same rules that big >>broadcasting and publishing companies had lobbied for and litigated >>for years. >> >>The FCC's new rules, according to its chairman, Michael Powell, were >>a shot in the arm for democracy, competition and diversity, allowing >>a fuller range of opinion than was possible under the old rules >> >>By a free press, Chairman Powell means freedom for average media >>mogul Rupert Murdoch to own a duopoly, both WNYW and WWOR in the same >>New York market. And for Sumner Redstone of Viacom to own both of our >>local all-news radio stations (WINS and WCBS). >> >>By diversity, your average media mogul means the ability to fire >>people and reduce costs. For example, who needs two news directors, >>one for the WNYW and one for the WWOR news? >> >>Chairman Powell, the average media mogul believes, is the patron >>saint of free enterprise. Any day they would try to convince the >>Senate that his face should be on the new $1,000 bill. >> >>What a slap in the face it was to the well-paid lobbyists who had >>been trying to convince the Senate since June 2003 that the FCC's new >>rules were in the public interest. After all the money they spent on >>dinners and drinks, plane rides to fancy resorts for corporate >>meetings and seminars, and whatever else lobbyists do in a town and a >>Congress run by lobbyists. >> >>What's the Senate coming to these days, actually doing something for >>the people instead of to them! >> >>What a denigration of all the hard work Chairman Powell and the three >>blind mice (the Republican majority on the five-person commission) >>had done over the years to free the nation's media moguls from the >>shackles that limited the fulfillment of their destiny. >> >>After all the trouble the media companies' lobbyists and litigators >>went to to convince the FCC that what competition means in the >>marketplace today is that the fewer owners, the more competition. It >>took some industrial-strength shutting of eyes since the Telecom Act >>of 1996, which allowed your average media mogul to swallow everything >>swallowable. >> >>After all the trouble, the FCC helped by the average media mogul over >>the years, went to in making people not care about the so-called >>public interest the moguls are required to serve in exchange for >>their licenses. The simps think public interest is voting for >>"American Idol" candidates. >> >>Now this - a public rebuke from the judiciary. The court is >>abusing its powers. >> >>I know there are people who think Colin Powell should have bought his >>kid Michael a tank or a candy store, as one famous agent explained, >>"and that he and the FCC are a national disaster." >> >>But, hey, he represented the views of the average media mogul, his >>favorite minority group. What are they - chopped liver? >> >>Personally, I think the actions by the Senate and the court are good >>for business. >> >>If I was your average media mogul, I would be looking to sell TV >>stations, not buy them. TV is dead. >> >>Everybody younger than 40 I know goes home and checks the news and >>e-mails on the computer. They download music or some movie they want >>to see again, play video games. Nobody is watching television. >> >>Each year, fewer and fewer people watch TV. Historians will tell you >>that in the 1950's on Tuesday nights, when Milton Berle did his >>Texaco show, movie theaters closed down because the entire country >>was at home watching. >> >>And these smart guys are trying to buy more market share when people >>are tuning out in alarming numbers? >> >>The market is disappearing in front of their eyes. It's like trying >>to catch quicksand or mercury. And it's happening because the >>programs are so bad. >> >>The bottom line is they're fighting over something that is going to >>disappear in 15 years. Increasing ownership now is like buying up a >>town after the railroad stopped going there. TV stations are the >>ghost towns of the arts. >> >>I think the moguls are fools. Why bother putting a couple more >>billion dollars in a losing market? They'd be better off taking the >>money and putting it into real estate, some apartment buildings in >>Queens. >> >>My further advice to your average media mogul: Cheer up. >>Don't despair. >> >>Somehow, some way, despite all the bad news last week, they will >>manage to get the crazed senators and the wacko federal courts to >>drop their insane crusades, trampling the rights of media moguls to >>own it all. Nothing will stop the friends of democracy, free speech >>and diversity in government from giving away the public airwaves >>until they end up where they belong: in the grip of the average media >>mogul. >> =20 >> >=20 >=20 >---------------------------------------------------------------------- >You can UNSUBSCRIBE from the OpenDTV list in two ways: > >- Using the UNSUBSCRIBE command in your user configuration settings at = FreeLists.org=20 > >- By sending a message to: opendtv-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word = unsubscribe in the subject line. > > > =20 > =20 =20 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- You can UNSUBSCRIBE from the OpenDTV list in two ways: - Using the UNSUBSCRIBE command in your user configuration settings at = FreeLists.org=20 - By sending a message to: opendtv-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word = unsubscribe in the subject line. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- You can UNSUBSCRIBE from the OpenDTV list in two ways: - Using the UNSUBSCRIBE command in your user configuration settings at FreeLists.org - By sending a message to: opendtv-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word unsubscribe in the subject line.