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Bill Moyers Kicks Kevin Martin's Ass

Hey, guys-- check out this great clip from PBS's Bill Moyers Journal. As you probably know, next Tuesday, FCC chairman is planning to push through his proposal for allowing one media company to own television stations and newspapers in the same media market. In a world where the majority of mass media is already owned or controlled by nine or ten conglomerates, Martin is determined to further this evolution of media consolidation.

Why is this bad? Well, for starters, it means news sources-- whether they be TV channels, newspapers, magazines, radio stations, or internet sites-- are all slowly being controlled by the same massive companies... companies these news sources should have the freedom to investigate and report on. Rupert Murdoch, a noted conservative, for instance, recently bought The Wall Street Journal; how objective will, or can, The Journal be if its boss and owner is a staunch conservative?

Check out this clip from last month's Bill Moyers Journal, which does a great job of explaining the issue...

Karen Hamilton: On Cause and Effect

Karen Hamilton: On Cause and Effect

International bestselling author Karen Hamilton discusses the “then and now” format of her new domestic thriller, The Ex-Husband.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: The Ultimatum

Plot Twist Story Prompts: The Ultimatum

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have a character give or face an ultimatum.

6 Things Every Writer Should Know About Sylvia Beach and Shakespeare and Company

6 Things Every Writer Should Know About Sylvia Beach and Shakespeare and Company

Sylvia Beach was friend to many writers who wrote what we consider classics today. Here, author Kerri Maher shares six things everyone should know about her and Shakespeare and Company.

How Writers Can Apply Business Tools to Their Writing

How Writers Can Apply Business Tools to Their Writing

Author Katherine Quevedo takes an analytical look at the creative process in hopes to help other writers find writing success.

Nick Petrie: On Following the Most Compelling Story

Nick Petrie: On Following the Most Compelling Story

Award-winning author Nick Petrie discusses how he listened to the story that wanted to be told in his new Peter Ash thriller novel, The Runaway.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 596

Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write a punishment poem.

Jacquelyn Mitchard: On Forgiveness in Fiction

Jacquelyn Mitchard: On Forgiveness in Fiction

Award-winning novelist Jacquelyn Mitchard discusses the chance meeting that led to her new novel, The Good Son.

Sea Bound

Sea Bound

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, write about someone connected to the sea.

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