Before Reagan, the FCC had a fairness doctrine which prevented out and out distortion of the news by requiring news to be balanced. The FCC cosidered the airwaves to be a pulic resourse loaned to the broadcasters and renewed every 10 years or so. No the FCC is pretty much out of the picture.

MSNBC is a news organization. FOX says that it is not. MSNBC is definately left leaneng, but it appears to be factual. Fox is a propaganda machine. I don't watc TV, so my information is seconhand.

My unansered quetion is , can Fox be regulated at given The First Amendment. I believe it can, if it is agreed that deliberately false 'news; is not protected speech. SNL is protected because it is satire, but Idoubt that it will call itself satire.

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Newsom's ad was masterful. In 30 seconds he ripped the Florida GOP to shreds. He created a new message for the Democrats, "Freedom". He tore a powerful slogan away from the Republicans. The Republican idea of freedom no longer resonates with Americans.

More important than a campaign ad, he has shown the Democrats how to fight back. Pick simple, emotional messages and use the truth not promises. Promises won't work Biden hasn't delivered.

Somebody should create a PAC and give him a few hundred million to pump out the freedom message, including freedom from gun violence. An awful lot of gun owners and law officers don't want teenagers with pistols and semi-automatic rifles.

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You are both right and wrong.

Piecemeal measures will nit deter mass shootings, because they are not spontaneous actious. They are usually planned weeks or months in advance by individuals who have no criminal record beyond minor infractions.

I will publich an article in the next few days.

However, gun restrictions will help in what I call party shooting, cases where a group is armend and someone pulls a gun and shootings ensue.

You are right. The measures wont reduce masss shootings by much, but they will help in other cases.

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