Thursday, October 21, 2004

First Amendment on Sinclair's Side

Cato Institute

Here is an analysis of the Sinclair Broadcasting dispute from the Cato Institute. I happen to agree with their last line: "The American republic will survive a Kerry or Bush victory this November. It will not survive government control over political speech."

The one thing the Cato Insitute does not seem to take into account, is that the airwaves are owned by the public... and there are some limits and requirements placed upon television and radio media in return for their exclusive use of a particular wavelength. I think that the Sinclair issue also points out the dangers of media conglomeration. The interests of the people are not necessarily best served with the ownership of various media in the hands of a few.