Friday, December 07, 2007

Presidential Hopefuls and Common Sense

Common Sense Media has released the results of a questionnaire sent to the major presidential primary candidates. The only respondents so far are Sen. Barack Obama, Gov. Mitt Romney, Sen. John Edwards and Gov. Bill Richardson. Click to view the full questionnaire.

While mostly geared to get the candidates' answers to issues affecting children and education, Internet usage, obesity and advertising, these two questions are important issues to everyone:

Question 7: Diversity of Media Ownership Media ownership has been a major concern at public hearings held across the country over the past year, with many organizations raising concerns that consolidation ends up decreasing the quality and diversity of programming. Do you think media ownership consolidation is a problem, and, if so, what would you do to increase the diversity of media ownership? Click to view answers to #7.

Question 8: Managing the FCC As president, you would have the power to appoint the FCC chairman and nominate commissioners. Would the FCC under your administration be more or less active on kids and media issues than the current FCC? What type of person would you nominate to lead the organization? Click to view answers to #8.


2 comments:

Green Earth said...

Good to hear from you again.

Endangered spaces has been added to http://anewgreenearth.com

Keep up the great work.

Chinook said...

I do some work with NAB, and I think that people have the wrong idea about so-called media "consolidation." A lot of people don't understand that local TV and radio stations (especially in rural parts of the country) are under tremendous pressure from new media and the Internet. Without the blessing of corporate resources, many of these local stations would not be afloat.

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