Media Antitrust Policy
According to a report in The Nation Magazine, the U.S. media industry is dominated by just nine conglomerates. This has fed concerns about closed markets in the vulnerable area of publishing and news dissemination. For example, during the period when AOL and Time Warner were merged, they had a very strong presence on the internet, giving them what critics called too much economic, cultural and political power.
Legislators are concerned about media mergers and monopolies that upset the balance, limiting the diversity in ownership and the content that they produce. With fewer newspapers still in business across the country, the number of ways citizens get their news is concentrated in television, radio and, more and more, the internet. Critics worry that the sources of information are not varied enough to provide a fair overview of important issues.
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