Robert Winner


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Media ... should there be enforcable rules

As I was watch a movie, a breaking news press conference was aired. I am all for being well informed and have no problem with this practice .... however, the breaking news was a political campaign follow up by the president to call your representative to support his political agenda.

So here is the question: Should this be a paid political advertisement not a national breaking news issue.

We are seeing more of this political tactic ... if free prime time is given to ANY incumbent should there be free rebuttal time to the opposition? If it is a political statement should it be preceeded by this is a "paid political ad" and not be allowed to interrupt regular programming.

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    Apr 19 2013: Rules and regulations should be limited to matters of public safety and decency. There are hundreds of shampoos on the market. It would be nonsense to pass a law limiting the composition of shampoo to certain ingredients which the majority of users prefer. So, with News, I must pick the product I prefer and eschew the others. As Mr. Gilbert suggests, I can change channels. The First Amendment guarantees a Free Press. Free means putting any spin I want on the news. Without the First Amendment I suppose every channel would be forced to air the political message disguised as Breaking News. I say leave it up to the network executives whether to air such chicanery, or not. I will decide which button to push on my remote.
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    Apr 20 2013: The President of a nation is no longer just a mouthpiece of a particular political party.
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      Apr 20 2013: Please explain ... I am pretty sure the US president has only his agenda in mind.
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    Apr 19 2013: Ahm...

    Let's see, 2 nutjobs have killed innocent persons in Boston marathon. Media is showing it all the time (and my deepest condolences to victims' families), Culprits deserve to be hanged in public square!!

    Some days ago some military killed 11 kids who unfortunately were from Afghanistan :( ( Culprits deserve to be hanged in public square!!

    The thing is, in my naive opinion, we the consumers are constantly programmed by 'free' media (sometimes we don't even realise it)
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      Apr 20 2013: Yeah, we are getting progrmmed on a steady basis. On the Boston thing we knew all we were going to know about a hour into the coverage. I would accept a break in we identifed them. I would allow another break in they are dead. All stations stayed with it and beat it to death. I turned it off.

      On the 11 kids getting killed. Not a good thing. However, as a veteran I can tell you that these people have no respect for life. They hide in populus areas, blow up their own churches, and brutally kill many innocents. But if the opponent kills a innocent it is all over the news. The Viets wired women and children to blow up a GI. War is ugly ... but it would not be quite so bad if it was fought with any type of honor at all. To blow up the twin towers and place bombs in public places is ... to me ... a cowards way of fighting.
      You and I declare war then put on uniforms and show yourself as a combatant and we will go at it. This holy war stuff is very unholy ... to me.

      Thanks for the reply. I wish you well. Bob.
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    Apr 19 2013: There is no fix here, we are in the unfortunate position of watching it play out. We have one of the largest and most ignorant, dispassionate and disconnected electorates in history. Our media is based on profit, emotional randomness and yellow journalism all in order to sell soap to the a drowning populace. Sound bleak? We also live in a time of extraordinary technological leaps, incredible feats of compassion amidst extreme adversity and a changing perspective in the human quotient. This world is giving way to the next, but not without a fight. So we must decide which one to stand with, this world, or the next.
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    Apr 19 2013: at one time the networks were "obligated" to air the news without commercial interference and no expectation for profit from that airtime…….I did not witness the incident you speak of however, I have no problem with the leader of our executive branch of government using any means available to incite public support for or against a ridiculously stalled governing body of the other branches of our government……we the people have had enough of this bizarre and irreverent behavior by elected officials across the entire nation perpetuated by silence from the true majority and a seemingly complete lack respect for anyone posing an alternate perspective by the current flock of boneheads in the capitol building…….it is well within the ability of Boehner and his allies to call a press conference and rebut…..stop the damned whining and do your damned job or go the hell home…..{rant end}
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      Apr 19 2013: Yeah, a pretty sorry bunch alright as you said from the top down. I am a independent and really lean to being a libertarian. However, there are parts and platforms of all that annoy me.

      I have thought of many ways to correct what is happening ... the sad part is that the general public would have to understand what is happening and where it is going ... and that ain't happening. Lots of happening going on there.

      If a large number of people registered as independents ... a block to be reckoned with ... that would get the attention of both parties. Perhaps platforms would be adjusted. I would like to see a incumbant have to run on his/her record only. No campaign. Put up the facts straight from the congressional record. All votes ... parties given ... trips ... number of times they flew home ... number of total votes possible and the number they attended ... etc ...

      Every year a few hundred elected officials fly to Hawaii on a fact finding mission (with families) ... Presidents who want to golf with Tiger should do so at their cost ..Not Mine ... first ladies who want to meet Nelson Mandalea should fund their own trip ... I pay for my dates ... so should they ... AF One is for official business ... not vacations or re-election campaigns. Special jets are for the President and VP. For everyone else there is communications available. Camp David is a retreat for the exec .... everything else is BS.

      Wow I ranted right back ... sorry.

      I agree we are getting pissed but now what?

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    Apr 19 2013: There is, turn off your TV
  • Apr 19 2013: There are some, but maybe there should be more.