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In her book Captive Audience, Susan Crawford shows how media giants exert a stranglehold over consumers and government.
 

Books

The merger of Penguin and Random House is part of a trend that has been deadly for literary authors and serious nonfiction.

Rupert Murdoch

The Fox News owner resorted to an anti-Semitic canard in attacking alleged media bias against Israel.

Barack Obama

Why do journalists run interference for the 1 percent, when their job is to expose their schemes?

Rupert Murdoch

British investigations reveal the shocking extent of his shady tactics. Can we really believe he hasn’t used the same methods here?

Will widespread shareholder discontent put a chink in Rupert Murdoch's armor?

Rupert Murdoch

Politicians don't just need the billionaire media mogul's cash—they need his newspapers, magazines and TV networks, too.

Rupert Murdoch

Rupert Murdoch is far from blameless—but he’s merely a symptom of the real disease: so much power in a single media corporation.

Thanks to the Guardian’s intrepid reporting, Britain has been released from the malign influence of the Murdoch empire.

Blogs

What happens to press freedom when an ALEC-supporting telecom giant owns one of the world’s most-read news sites?

May 15, 2015

Doug Hughes is not a dangerous fruitcake. In fact, he is a small-d democratic idealist who went out of his way to alert the authorities in advance of his so-called “Freedom Flight.”

April 17, 2015

He criticized old media, he created new media and he knew the necessity of a free and freewheeling press.

March 20, 2015

The president wants cities to be able to innovate with municipal broadband systems.

January 15, 2015

Standing in opposition to net neutrality is tantamount to standing against innovation, against small business, against private-sector job creation and against competition.

December 2, 2014

It is absurd that broadcast networks choose entertainment over Obama’s immigration speech.

November 20, 2014

Eric on this week’s concerts and Reed on how local TV stations boost their bottom lines with a deluge of election ads.

November 3, 2014

CNN’s climate change coverage almost disappeared like Malaysian Flight 370.

October 2, 2014

Why is it that one of the authors Amazon is choosing not to screw over just happens to be the chair of the House Budget Committee? Coincidence? Or political favoritism?

September 30, 2014

Why are certain Internet users so irrationally attached to the notion of net neutrality?

May 27, 2014