WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, who has criticized the corporate media, and been accused of some of the shops have a bias against his campaign, promised to clamp down on media mergers, which are for the enforcement of the antitrust laws against the tech giants such as Facebook and Google+.
A FILE PHOTO: BY 2020, U.S. Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders speaks at a campaign event in West Branch, Iowa, united states, August 19, 2019 at the latest. (REUTERS photo/Al Drago/File Photo
In an editorial the following day, He, as a united states senator from Vermont, told the president that he would seek a moratorium on the approval of mergers between major media companies, and more funding for non-profit, civic-minded media, and to move in order to avoid that Facebook and Google’s shift in advertising revenue from news organizations.
He also said that he would have to limit the number of drives that the large broadcasters can own in any market in the country, and require media companies to disclose whether their merger proposals, it would also mean that there will be a “significant” journalism is redundant.
Today, after decades of consolidation, and deregulation, and only a small number of companies account for nearly all of what you watch, read, and download,” He said in a Columbia Journalism Review editorial published on Monday.
“In view of the fact that, in reality, we do not need to want to have more of the freedom of the press is to be placed under the control of a handful of companies, and ‘benevolent’ billionaires, who have their media empires, to punish their critics and shield themselves from scrutiny.”
The proposal comes after He earlier this month critical of the Amazon.com Inc., of which he has been attacked for its tax benefits, and the remuneration to which he said was unfair coverage of his campaign, the Washington Post, which is owned by Amazon owner Jeff Bezos. The Post office has stated that Bezos, influences the news.
In the column, He made a reference to the Item, and the Walt Disney Co. television properties.
“The news outlets owned by Disney and Jeff Bezos may be happy to the point of Disney movies, and Bezos’s plans for the exploration of the space, but we can’t count on them to be consistent and aggressive in the coverage of the workers’ fight for better wages at Disney, or a Bezos-controlled companies,” he said.
Sanders, a prominent progressive leader, who often attacks the big tech companies, and corporate influence. He has been a top-tier candidate among more than 20 candidates are seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican President, when He, in November, by the year 2020.
He declared to job losses in the U.S. journalism industry, citing studies that found that 1,400 communities have been lost in newspapers in the last 15 years, and the editorial staff, the loss of 28,000 employees since 2008.
“One of the reasons is that we don’t have enough real journalism in the Americas at this time, as there are too many outlets are being gutted by the very same forces of greed and the looting of our economy,” He wrote.
Prior to the merger were to be approved, it would require that the employee be given the opportunity to purchase the media through our employee stock ownership plan. He would also have to block the mergers and deregulations that would have a disproportionately high impact on people of color and women, ” he said.
Reporting by John Whitesides; Editing by Cynthia Osterman