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Free Press is an organization that recognizes the media’s flaws and strives to improve or eliminate them. They have no media concentration and they are watch dogs of television, the internet, telephones and journalism among other things. Free Press exists because other the media are supposed to function as watch dogs but when they are all owned by the same parent company, they are likely to look the other way from questionable activity. Now independent sites like Free Press are the only places where information is relatively un-biased.

Free press recently supported a Federal Court Decision which disallowed the merger of AT&T and T-Mobile. This would have been a powerful example of vertical integration. When two of the largest phone companies join forces they creep closer and closer to a monopoly and it creates less competition in the market when there are fewer companies competing. AT&T already had a monopoly and it was split up into various entities called “baby bells”. This merger certainly would have helped the companies involved but it would not reflect well on the public’s interest.

If I were to ask the Free Press Director a question it would be, “How can the average American combat the twisted media system?” It seems like every channel has some sort of an agenda, even if some are more pronounced than others. In the face of huge media conglomerates, individuals and small organizations seem easily overpowered. Individuals seem powerless.

It is fortunate that organizations like Free Press exist because otherwise no one would be aware of the media’s major faults and agenda.

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  1. Kathleen
    October 16, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    Great post, Andrew! Good observations on the power of media conglomerates and the plight of those interested in preserving the public interest. Hopefully Tuesday’s talk provided some insight to your question.

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