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Jeff Cohen – Break Up the Media Monopolies

Jeff Cohen – Break Up the Media Monopolies

Length: 0:57:00
Uploaded: 20 Mar, 2023

Recording Date: 15 Feb, 2023
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Language: English
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Program Title: Jeff Cohen – Break Up the Media Monopolies
Description: Concentration of any industry is dangerous but media concentration is particularly dangerous because of the vast influence media exert in shaping public opinion. Years ago, legendary journalist and media critic Ben Bagdikian warned of the dangers posed by media monopolies. Those warnings have been borne out. A handful of mega corporations from Comcast to Disney dominate the media. As Bagdikian predicted, corporate business interests would trump journalism, particularly investigative journalism which is costly thus cutting into profits. Lack of competition allows the conglomerates to raise prices. Have you looked at your cable bill lately? Furthermore, a vibrant democracy is ill-served by a corporate media that is heavily connected to and reliant on official sources. An informed citizenry is essential for the communications needs of a democratic society.

Featured Speakers/Guests: Jeff Cohen founded Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), the media watch group in 1986. He was founding director of the Park Center for Independent Media at Ithaca College, where he was an associate professor of journalism.



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