Washington, DC (PRWEB) October 12, 2006
Scott Cleland, Chairman of NETCompetition.org, provides a critique of the nine-minute Moyers on America: The Net @ Risk program preview. Cleland says, “the program was unabashedly biased in presenting only one side of the net neutrality debate. This was a new low in media bias on the issue.” Read Cleland’s full review at: http://www.precursorblog.com/node/188.
Cleland writes, “In the nine minutes of preview that is available online, I counted a full eight minutes and 45 seconds that were devoted to regurgitating the views of five of the most ardent net neutrality proponents, including Tim Wu, Ed Markey and Earl Comstock, while the anti-net neutrality side got one person who was relegated to a measly 15 seconds of air time -- House Chairman Fred Upton.”
“In the interests of fair representation, the show should have a disclaimer at the bottom of the screen that it is a paid infomercial for SavetheInternet.org and Moveon.org.”
“It is supremely ironic that this show waxes eloquent about how net neutrality is important to democracy and free speech, yet Mr. Moyers and his production team make no attempt to democratically or freely present both sides of the issue.”
Cleland asks, “Where have ethics and professional standards in journalism gone? This show is part of a clear pattern, that net neutrality proponents seek out undiscerning, fawning and intellectually lazy forums where they can frame and discuss the issue unchallenged.”
“It is clear net neutrality proponents are afraid to discuss and debate the merits or the evidence supporting their position in the mainstream media.”
Cleland concludes, “Net neutrality proponents claim to support free and democratic discourse in the abstract, but in real world practice, they have no patience or tolerance of an opposing point of view. The real reason for this subterfuge? Net neutrality is a BOGUS issue. There is very little there, there. Net neutrality is unsubstantiated allegations, and broad assertions with virtually no intellectual heft or merit behind it.”
To read more about net neutrality, visit http://www.netcompetition.org.
About Scott Cleland
Scott Cleland is one of nation's foremost techcom analysts and experts at the nexus of capital markets, public policy and techcom industry change. He is widely respected in industry, government, media and capital markets as a forward thinker, free market proponent, and leading authority on the future of communications. For more information, visit: http://netcompetition.org/docs/about/#chairman
NETCompetition.org is an e-forum created to promote a rigorous debate on the merits of net neutrality legislation and regulation. NETCompetition.org is funded by a wide range of broadband telecom, cable, and wireless companies who believe the best way to guard a free and independent Internet is free and open competition, not more government control of the Internet. To learn more about NETCompetition.org and network neutrality, visit: http://www.netcompetition.org.
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