Friday, June 7, 2002

Michael Boyle (minus parentheticals ):

“As far as I’m concerned, Winer is pretty directly taking on the Telecom Reform Act… By concentrating ownership of the media, the Act led directly… to the point where there is a lack of competition in the marketplace: competition that would (and traditionally did) keep journalists honest… There aren’t very many players left…, so it’s less likely that someone will defect from current practice… and thus in effect keep them all honest.

“The CDA was a smokescreen! It was the rest of the 1996 Telecom Reform Act that was really offensive. It vacated accountability in the media through the removal of competition. The effect this has had… is undeniable.”