Media Reforms

Archive Report

Discontent with Press and TV

Emergence of Public Monitoring Groups

Like many American institutions in the last decade, the press and broadcast media have come under increasing criticism. The old debate over their rights and responsibilities has been marked recently by the appearance of hundreds of citizen-organized reform groups. Representing a broad cross-section of political and religious leanings, they are drawn together by the common goal of gaining a greater voice in setting media standards. As the number of so-called “watchdog” organizations has grown, so, it seems, has their determination. Network executives and newspaper editors “may not know it yet,” said a spokesman for a religious group, “but they're about to be hit by a revolution”.1

The charge most frequently made by reform groups is that the ...

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