Media Diversification

Resolution Number SAC09.84

Media Diversification

WHEREAS, the quality of American journalism across all media has substantially declined over the past several years, particularly since the media deregulation of 1996; and

WHEREAS, the number of companies that own and control the mass media decreased from about 81 companies in 1981 to 6 monolithic conglomerates in 1996. Local broadcast journalism and media production have steadily vanished from the airwaves, resulting in a less informed electorate to the detriment of the public interest and our democratic model; and

WHEREAS, less than 8% of radio stations and 3% of television stations are owned by traditionally under-represented interests; 

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party favors diverse media ownership as well as improved and increased journalism by encouraging media reform and promoting activism in furtherance of this position; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party supports all efforts to repair the damage that resulted from the unprecedented concentration of mass media ownership in the U.S., which may involve, but is not limited to, exploring the application of antitrust laws, proscriptions against restraint of trade, and the protections of 'free press' contained within the First Amendment.

Submitted by Mike Thaller (AD 78)
Sponsored by San Diego County Democratic Party; La Mesa-Foothills Democratic Club
 
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Adopted by the Executive Board
Of the California Democratic Party At its Executive Board Meeting
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Burlingame
July 19, 2009

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