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Ted Turner Threats To Democracy

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Also adding to the idea of threats to democracy are the threats to the other corporations that do not control the flow of information but would still like to be part of the larger media corporation. One of the primary ways businesses are able to survive is if they thrive or excel within their own field, or they become part of a larger system which can give them a boost into their success. Ted Turner writes in “My Beef with Big Media” his personal opinion and journey with the success of his own media corporations. As the founder of CNN, he went through adversaries not only from within his own business administration but from the “media moguls” that did not want to deal with the type of small owner that Turner was perceived to be. Recounting…show more content…
In a subsequent section, Turner explains the vital role of big corporations and how it can be compared to the vital role of small corporations. These smaller corporations are the ones with the big ideas – such as Turner’s idea with the Atlanta Superstation or CNN – and when the small corporations are not allowed to thrive as they are overshadowed by the big corporations, then the emerging ideas cease to exist. Another factor that contributes to the lack of big/small corporation interaction are the rules set upon by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that sets rules to the amount of smaller business the big corporations can own. It goes back to the loss of the smaller, innovative corporations that are not allowed to thrive because they have no means to do so on their own – even if corporation owners have houses to mortgage, the financial implications are a lot more than what they were in Turner’s earlier times. It is through Turner’s times that we have a seen a major change in media as it became more commercial than about journalism, another threat for the smaller corporations, and another threat to…show more content…
Janine Jackson writes in “Fair Report: 13th Annual Fear & Favor Review” the types of business deals some corporations go through in order to maintain their headlines. The Washington Post (08/17/2012) published an article where they established anonymity to a Republican campaign adviser who shared details on Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan (2013). According to Jackson, this is an example of journalism harming news production because the source of article was not revealed on purpose. Another example of media control pointed out by Jackson goes deeper into the political spectrum where during the 2012 Presidential debates then candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney were not asked questions on “poverty, inequality, housing, race or racism, criminal justice, drug legalization, labor unions, or climate change” (2013) topics that would seem to appeal more to the public as they are central for everyday living. These examples show that media control – a tactic used amongst the big media corporations – are causing information to be left out from the public when it is this type of information that is more useful and
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