Another Nixon Reminder: Media Ownership Rules

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By: Brooks Boliek and Katy Bachman | Politico

Journalists have been writing nonstop this week about how the resignation of President Richard Nixon — 40 years ago Friday — changed Washington and the American landscape. Add the media landscape to his legacy list.

The Federal Communications Commission’s media ownership rules, which were shaped during the Watergate scandal, are currently under review. The first comment deadline was Wednesday. The rules that govern how many TV or radio stations can be owned in a single market is always a flash point in Washington — especially the rule barring most newspaper, TV and radio combinations.

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