Dick Clark, American Bandstand, and News in America Today

Re-post to correct error.

Page Seven

SONY DSCHow do we decide what information is provided to the American public,  to help us be successful citizens?  We use the American Bandstand approach.  Whichever “news” agency gets the most applause from (the equivalent) of shrieking, hormone driven teenagers, like on American Bandstand, gets to “inform” the American public.  What a system!

This is the second post (see first here) in Page Seven addressing issues around free speech and the defunct (and quaint) Fairness Doctrine.  This is also the second piece (see the first one here)  to diagnose the gut wrenching schisms of our day and the role that bad information plays in fostering polarization.

In the previous article, I talked about the repeal of the Fairness Doctrine and imagined what a day of radio might have sounded like way back in 1962, during the Cuban Missile Crisis.   This exercise (perhaps also quaint) was prompted by Russia’s annexation of…

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