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Entries from October 2004

Five Ways to a Better Democracy

October 25th, 2004 · No Comments

We’re just days away from what looks like will be a razor-thin margin of victory in the presidential election, and like a lot of people, I’m worried. Not that there might be another Florida, but that this time, there might be more than a half-dozen Floridas.

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Tags: Elections · Journalism Ethics · Media Economics

Sinclair Tries to Skew the Election

October 18th, 2004 · No Comments

Now Sinclair is ordering all of its 62 stations (including KGAN, Ch. 2, the CBS affiliate in Cedar Rapids) to show a 45-minute anti-Kerry documentary titled “Stolen Honor: Wounds that Never Heal” in the days right before the Nov. 2 election. Never mind, of course, that Section 315 of the Communications Act requires equal time for candidates. Sinclair says that the documentary fits Section 315’s news exemption, but by all reasonable accounts, this isn’t news, its pure propaganda.

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Tags: Elections · Journalism Ethics