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Time to wake up. Rarely does the news report both sides of a story.

It's almost like that's my point.

A biased media creates a more extreme base which wants more extreme media which creates a more extreme base yadda yadda yadda we have an absurdly divided country and Congress that can't get anything done.

For the record PBS Newshour is the shit.
 

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Here's How Liberal Or Conservative Major News Sources Really Are (Business Insider)

America's partisan divide is well-illustrated by which news outlets people stick to.

Some news outlets have a fairly even distribution of viewers, while others (some of which are the most popular in the country) skew strongly to the right or left.

A new report from the Pew Research Center breaks down the news consumption habits of Americans. Most say they get their news from local TV and Facebook, but Americans still rely heavily on network and cable news shows as well as newspapers and digital outlets.

Full Pew article linked in post #4 above, "Idealogical Profile..."
 
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It's almost like that's my point.

A biased media creates a more extreme base which wants more extreme media which creates a more extreme base yadda yadda yadda we have an absurdly divided country and Congress that can't get anything done.

For the record PBS Newshour is the shit.

Your statement doesn't lend itself to one thinking you're simply pointing out the media never reports both sides. It reads more like only liberal news agencies report both sides.
 

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Gannett, M&As, media models

Gannett, M&As, media models

The media giant, Gannett, continues its acquisition spree backed by deep pockets and solid moves into the revenue-generating media streams. Despite plunging revenues as more advertisers go digital where the readership is, the newspaper industry saw more money into acquisitions last year than any year since 2008.

Gannett's flagship paper USA Today has morphed into "USA Today Network" with local to national newspapers. USA Today can continue to dominate in readership and in revenue from digital advertising and lucrative acquisitions of Cars.com and CareerBuilders.com.

Gannett pioneered "paywalls" restricting access after a few articles without a minimal subscription, which generates more revenue. The New York Times, for instance, who has the second most readership to Gannett's USA Today paper, has over a million subscribers at rates from $3.75 to $8.75 for digital access. But NY Times does not have the reach into local markets through local papers. So far, USA Today does not have a paywall, though all their other newspapers with digital access do. People have more trust in their local newspapers than national papers. So Gannett's local presence reaching over one third of U.S. households through local papers and network affiliate ownership has advantages others do not, but which challenge FCC regulations with each new acquisition.

Acquiring the Tribune Company's Chicago Tribune, LA Times and San Diego Union-Tribune among others would further increase their readership, digital advertising revenues and media reach. Newspapers continue to lose money, but Gannett is debt-free after the spinoff of Tegna, their broadcast/digital arm/new company, who assumed their debt and Gannett's prior CEO, Gracia Martore. Martore makes the presentations to Goldman-Sachs. One of Gannett's large investors is Carl Icahn, who spent tens of millions backing Jeb Bush.

Gannett and Tegna expect to see a huge boost in revenue related to the U.S. Presidential race and the Olympics. Martore told Goldman-Sachs that one of their two main costs are pension commitments to employees of newspapers/media they have acquired. Along the way, Gannett has cut their newspapers staffs from 50,000 to 30,000 with a combination of buyouts and combining staffs and services. Marore's salary has gone up from less than one million in 2013 to over $14 million this year with a $46 million golden parachute.

No debt, deep pockets, a scale and a platform to deliver increasing revenue and a media model that none can match gives Gannett advantages no one else can match. Tegna owns the largest number of local NBC and CBS affiliates, and, soon, the most ABC affiliates.

Newspapers Gobble Each Other Up to Survive Digital Apocalypse

Political spending, 2016 Olympics will give Tegna 'record year' for ad sales

What Gannett gets by getting bigger and why newspaper consolidation will continue
 
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Former Facebook Workers: We Routinely Suppressed Conservative News

I don't know if this belongs in "Political Correctness" or "Media Matters" but WTF......

It's funny, since reading this I've noticed daily news feeds in my Facebook Trending section with negative Donald Trump "news." Nearly every day it's something new, and sometimes more than one article. Today it's a mural someone painted with Trump kissing Putin. A few days ago it was some B-List celebrity complaining about Trump. This is trending news today? If so, the news business has really fallen off. Thinking back I can't remember the last time Facebook had a trending topic regarding Hillary's skeletons. Not mad or anything, just find it humorous I didn't notice how far Facebook leans till now.
 

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It's funny, since reading this I've noticed daily news feeds in my Facebook Trending section with negative Donald Trump "news." Nearly every day it's something new, and sometimes more than one article. Today it's a mural someone painted with Trump kissing Putin. A few days ago it was some B-List celebrity complaining about Trump. This is trending news today? If so, the news business has really fallen off. Thinking back I can't remember the last time Facebook had a trending topic regarding Hillary's skeletons. Not mad or anything, just find it humorous I didn't notice how far Facebook leans till now.

It bothers me because far too many people get their base info from Facebook or Comedy Central... Oh well..
 

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No, but they do have an ethical obligation not to call the sidebar "Trending" (with literally no other qualifiers) and then:
1) Inject stories that aren't trending.
2) Suppress stories that are trending.

Every single user is under the impression that the "Trending" bar is an organic reflection of what people are sharing... not curated, censored news. I have no issue with Facebook running their site how they want, but I do take serious issue to them being disingenuous about the media they're showing their members. If they called the sidebar "Around the Web"... or really any term that isn't directly implying impartial, organic reflection of user-shared stories... this is a non-story.

"Trending" stories by a young readership that overall support Sanders? FB is not a media whose purpose is balance stories from top down, but attractive because it is not. If a Congress who are thirty years older or more than FB readership wants to influence content of media and used to badgering people to control and direct the direction of the country is what the majority of young people rebel against. Their energy would be better spent in convincing Americans who comprise FB readership with the direction of the country they have set is right for America. People remember Congress calling the heads of networks before them for similar purposes. Think they will berate Fox for more balance in their stories? Cold day in hell.

That's bias.
 

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Censorship in the social media age (Columbia Journalism Review, Jan 2016)

The backstory of Gannett’s bid to buy Tribune

THIS WEEK’S ANNOUNCEMENT that Gannett is seeking to purchase Tribune Publishing seems, at first glance, to encapsulate the plight of the newspaper industry in the wake of the internet. The size of the proposed merger might be surprising—it would leave Gannett with a circulation of 62 million—but its logic feels inevitable. As the newspaper industry has been buffeted by the collapse of advertising revenue, publishers have merged, newspapers have closed, and newsrooms have been downsized. Publishers, and their shareholders, seek efficiencies of scale in tough times. The internet is killing newspaper diversity.

In fact, the origins of the current round of consolidation lie in forgotten clashes over newspaper regulation in the 1930s and 1940s, when New Deal reformers sought policy solutions that would promote a more diverse newspaper economy. These efforts were fought and ultimately defeated by newspaper publishers, who argued that an unregulated newspaper market was essential to a free press. Among the chief opponents of the reforms were Robert McCormick, the larger-than-life publisher of the Chicago Tribune, and Frank Gannett, president of Gannett Newspapers.
 

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Gannett ups their bid for Tribune Media, Tribune fights back

Gannett ups their bid for Tribune Media, Tribune fights back

In a business environment where newspapers are failing as the world switches to digital, Gannett is buying more newspapers since it is one of the only publicly-traded companies that reports positive earnings and gets the most advertising dollars.

Gannett wants Tribune Publishing for the Chicago Tribune, LA Times, Baltimore Sun, Orlando Sentinel and Tribune Media Group to add to their other 107 newspapers. So, Gannett doubled their offering price. Gannett's CEO wants The Tribune, LA Times, and Sun to anchor its regional papers.

Tribune's stock has soared from $8 to $15+ per share for a company that has lost hundreds of millions of dollars. Gannett's offer would assume Tribune's debt.

The second largest stockholder (prior to today), Oaktree Capital, urged the Board to sit down with Gannett in a filing with the SEC. Doubling your money has to be attractive. The Tribune's Chairman wants to develop a new multimedia platform and has been selling some of their assets.

Today, Tribune issued 4.7 million shares of new stock for $70.5 million (@$15 a share) to a L.A. billionaire, Patrick Soon-Shiong. , making him the second largest shareholder in Tribune Publishing, edging out Oaktree. That also provides Tribune with an influx of cash to develop that multimedia platform. The Tribune has implied Oaktree is working with Gannett.

Soon-Shiong:
"All industries go through cycles and Tribune, recognizing the vital role of technology in the future of publishing, is transitioning from a legacy newspaper company to a technology and content company. I look forward to helping deliver value for shareholders by applying my technology expertise to accelerate content-monetization.”

"There's no reason why Tribune couldn't become the next CNN."

Gannett threatened to withdraw their offer, if rejected by Tribune, which Tribune has done. Tribune shares have dropped to $11 per share.

Goldman Sachs is advising Tribune, while Gannett, previously advised G-S, is being advised by Methuselah Advisors.

Tribune Publishing, With New Backer, Rejects Gannett’s Bid

As part of the investment with Nant Capital, Tribune Publishing will receive access to 100 machine vision and artificial intelligence patents for news purposes. According to the term sheet that Tribune Publishing signed with NantWorks, Dr. Soon-Shiong’s company, Tribune Publishing will be able to keep the first $80 million in revenue from those patents and then would have to pay NantWorks a 6 percent royalty on revenue thereafter.

A timeline of the messy newspaper war between Gannett and Tribune Publishing
 

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Censorship in the social media age (Columbia Journalism Review)

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Ilic’s experience highlights the changing nature of censorship. Until recently, Ilic’s choice to publish would have been an editorial decision, the kind news organizations make every day, and limited only by the law of the land. Today, it’s also limited by the laws of Facebook.

Social media platforms dominate today’s information ecosystem. More than 60 percent of Americans get their news on Facebook or Twitter, and that number is growing. News sites and social platforms have an increasingly symbiotic relationship—each looking to the other to boost traffic and business. As this relationship grows, social media’s content regulations will increasingly affect what publishers publish.

This marks a fundamental shift of power from government to private corporations, calling into question the means by which we protect, limit, or debate free speech. Jillian York, director for international freedom of expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, says publishers should consider what this means for them. “The rules under which they’re publishing are no longer law,” says York. “They’re proprietary terms of service.”

Here's how social media is changing politics for the worse (Business Insider)
 

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Home Broadband 2015:
The share of Americans with broadband at home has plateaued, and more rely only on their smartphones for online access (Pew Research)

Part 4. One-in-seven Americans are television “cord cutters”

A shift in how people watch TV is underway, as the new Pew Research Center data suggest 15% of American adults are now “cord cutters” – that is, they indicate that they once had a cable or satellite TV connection, but no longer subscribe. Another 9% of Americans have never had a cable or satellite subscription at all, meaning that a total of 24% of Americans currently do not subscribe to cable or satellite TV in their homes (76% of Americans subscribe to pay TV service at home).

There are generational aspects to this phenomenon, as young adults are the least likely age group to have a cable or satellite subscription. Some 65% of those ages 18 to 29 have cable or satellite service at home, compared with 73% of adults ages 30 to 49 and 83% of those 50 or older. One-sixth of young adults (16%) report they never had a cable or satellite subscription, while 19% “cut the cord.
 
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Home Broadband 2015:
The share of Americans with broadband at home has plateaued, and more rely only on their smartphones for online access (Pew Research)

Part 4. One-in-seven Americans are television “cord cutters”

WoW...I would literally never be w/o some sort of wired broadband. Of course sitting in my office my Verizon 4G is pretty weak, so comcast here I come. Also, the apps I've built that deal with pictures and video...they load 10X faster over PC/Broadband. So, my view is, having a smartphone makes for a cool field data collection tool, but when real work needs done...I like me some horses.
 

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And the fish had no idea that it needed saving.





Oh.

I was thinking of restrictive "voter fraud" laws.



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OK...seriously?

Check out the headline of this article:

Senate's Lone Black GOP Senator Gives Deeply Personal Floor Speech on Race

REALLY?

Don't they realize that there are only a total of 2 right now? And of the 2, the Republican is the one who has been there longer? Do you honestly believe that any article about Cory Booker would have a headline that starts off with "Senate's Lone Black Democratic Senator..."?



*** Fun Fact: There have been 10 African American US Senators, 5 Democrats and 5 Republicans. One of the Republicans was elected but never seated. At the time that Tim Scott-R (the subject of the article above) took office ( January 2013) the R's were up 5 to 3 then Mo Cowan-D (no longer there) took office in Feb 2013 and Cory Booker-D came in from a special election in Oct 2013 following the death of Frank Lautenberg.
 

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OK...seriously?

Check out the headline of this article:

Senate's Lone Black GOP Senator Gives Deeply Personal Floor Speech on Race

REALLY?

Don't they realize that there are only a total of 2 right now? And of the 2, the Republican is the one who has been there longer? Do you honestly believe that any article about Cory Booker would have a headline that starts off with "Senate's Lone Black Democratic Senator..."?




*** Fun Fact: There have been 10 African American US Senators, 5 Democrats and 5 Republicans. One of the Republicans was elected but never seated. At the time that Tim Scott-R (the subject of the article above) took office ( January 2013) the R's were up 5 to 3 then Mo Cowan-D (no longer there) took office in Feb 2013 and Cory Booker-D came in from a special election in Oct 2013 following the death of Frank Lautenberg.

ah, the narrative matters not the truth...I mean, the striking examples are everywhere, and the conclusion is inescapable.

Your point though, will likely be twisted into ignoring Tim Scott's observations, and further proof of the narrative. I applaud you pointing out the facts, but facts are for those who believe this is not already a war.
 

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Texas Media Call Out Anti-Choice Logic Behind Proposed Fetal Tissue Disposal Rules
“Texas Is Trying To Get itself Sued Again Over Again Over Abortion Rights” By Secretly Pushing Fetal Tissue Disposal Rules
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Following the Supreme Court’s 5-3 rejection of Texas’ extreme anti-choice law HB 2 in June, state lawmakers attempted to quietly pass a new abortion restriction requiring fetal tissue from any abortion -- “regardless of the period of gestation” -- be buried or cremated. On August 4, Texas health officials will hold a public hearing on the proposed restriction. Ahead of this, Texas media have consistently called out the proposal as an overt, anti-choice attack on abortion access.

Dallas Observer: “Under-The-Radar” Proposed Tissue Disposal Rules “Would Burden Women And Facilities” Without Commensurate Health Benefits. In an August 2 article for the Dallas Observer, reporter Stephen Young outlined reproductive rights advocates’ reactions to the fetal tissue disposal rules. According to Young, the same “group of lawyers that shepherded the plaintiffs through” their challenge against HB 2 was already “readying itself to take on the state again” over the rules. He continued that the lawyers believed the new rules were similar to HB 2 in that they “would burden women and facilities providing abortion without providing” a commensurate benefit for patient health or safety. From the Dallas Observer:


Houston Chronicle: Proposed Rules “Would Have A Costly Side Effect” And Would Not “Make Accessing Abortion Any Easier.” The Houston Chronicle’s Lydia DePillis reported that the proposed rules “would have have a costly side effect” in terms of their economic impact on women. In a July 8 article, DePillis explained that “burial and cremation … are significantly more expensive” than traditional medical waste disposal. For example, despite fetuses being “smaller than a golf ball in the first trimester, cremation can still cost several hundred dollars” while burial can run at least “$2,695, plus the cost of a gravesite.” DePillis noted that these costs were in addition to the cost of the abortion procedure itself. From the Houston Chronicle:
 
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I'm going to say Facebook is still doing something sketchy here and still leans towards the left. My Facebook settings said "Moderate," yet all I get are anti-Trump articles in my feed/ads. I'm not really pro-Trump as I am anti-Hillary. I would have expected something in my feed about the recent Hillary e-mails uncovered by the FBI, but nothing in the politics feed.
 

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HA HA HA

Come ON! Who’s buying Headline News’ excuse for censoring hero’s pro-Trump shirt? – twitchy.com

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Sean Hannity suggests some news outlets shouldn’t get White House press credentials

Fox News host Sean Hannity suggested on Twitter that he doesn’t want president-elect Donald Trump to grant several major news outlets White House press credentials.

Hannity, who has railed against the “mainstream” media throughout the election for its coverage of Trump, agreed with Twitter user J.R. McClaren, who tweeted that CNN, The New York Times, the Washington Post and other news outlets “shown to have colluded by @wikileaks” should not be granted White House press credentials.


Donald Trump’s win means the biased media needs to change
(NY Post Opinion)

The election was in part a referendum on the media, and Trump’s victory is their earthquake. The remarkable admission by the New York Times that it failed to appreciate Trump’s appeal is just the start of an overdue shake-out.

As such, it gives the President-elect a perfect opening to fundamentally change White House press relations. A fresh approach would be good for Trump and great for America.

The goal should not be revenge, though Trump can’t be blamed for wanting it. Rather, the goal should be to have continuing conversations with Americans so he can understand their concerns and get their reactions to his ideas — without the biased filter of elite news outlets.

Now that everyday Americans have taken back the country, it’s time for the old guard media to take a back seat.

Some citizens and some media are more American than others. Biased? They're biased not us.
 
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Sean Hannity suggests some news outlets shouldn’t get White House press credentials




Donald Trump’s win means the biased media needs to change
(NY Post Opinion)



Some citizens and some media are more American than others. Biased? They're biased not us.

Hannity is a giant douche. But how much should we trust the DNC after they worked to undermine the voters whom they represent? Serious question. When it first broke, it was apparent Democratic supporters wanted to down play it because they knew it could kill Hillary's momentum.

You can't prevent equal coverage or you'll be impeached so what Hannity posits is ridiculous.
 

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The point is that the founding fathers gave the press the freedom to seek the truth and represent accordingly.

When the press is openly, and acknowledging, one sided, how is that illuminating the truth?
 

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The point is that the founding fathers gave the press the freedom to seek the truth and represent accordingly.

When the press is openly, and acknowledging, one sided, how is that illuminating the truth?

Oh, is that his point? It alluded me.
 

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When the press is openly, and acknowledging, one sided, how is that illuminating the truth?

How's that? I suspect many Hillary fans would disagree with that characterization. Plenty of people also say the press blew the FBI e-mail investigation way out of proportion.

Or if you're referring - as I think "Twitter user J.R. McClaren" was - to the WikiLeaked emails in which New York Times reporters emailed Clinton staff about stories they were writing, that's called asking for comment. It's pretty standard practice. And at the core of basic fairness in journalism.
 
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