Target: Julius Genachowski, Commissioner of the FCC
Goal: Stop the lying in the news and give the media back to the people.
The American media has been out of control for quite some time now. With more entertainment and political propaganda than factual information and intelligent discussion, one of the greatest democracies in the world may have one of the least politically informed populous in the developed world. Something must be done about corruption of the media. Surprisingly, Canada seems to have come up with a solution by enacting a bill that heavily fines news corporations for lying on air.
Massive media organizations must remove themselves from political agendas and stop spinning facts to the benefit of some organization’s scheme. An American bill that fiscally threatens the future of their success would certainly clean up the airwaves and allow American voters the information they deserve in a way they can individually interpret.
Our country is at a crux, and in order to successfully progress this country into the future, we must all assume more responsibility in following the activity of our government. Our public leaders, media moguls, and financial leaders must commit to honesty or pay the price—literally.
Hillary Clinton recently said, “one of my goals upon becoming Secretary of State was to take diplomacy out of capitals, out of government offices, into the media, into the streets of countries.” Sign this petition to help make this goal become a reality and take American media back from the corporate machine.
The media’s manipulation of this nation’s access to information has reached dangerous heights. Huge corporations have gained control of almost every major media hub in this country, and bend them and the information they provide to their whim.
In order to stop this blatant corruption of the media, legislation must be passed. Canada recently passed a law that heavily fines any institution that knowingly lies while broadcasting. Though separation of the government and the media has been a hallmark of this country since its inception, the current situation with the media can only be resolved through government interaction, and specifically that of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
Drafting a bill that prohibits lying should not be necessary, as the responsibility of providing the news to this nation’s citizens is of the highest order. Nevertheless, such legislation is needed. The American people deserve unbiased information about the world in order to make critical political, and even moral decisions for themselves.
Please help put this bill into action and help reform America’s media for a modern America.
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