Excerpt: Ask just about any public interest advocate concerned about the dismal state of media and journalism, and they will tell you that Obama’s media policy platform is excellent: the beginning of what could be the most public interest friendly administration in presidential history. Part of this optimism stems from Obama’s understanding that Internet and technology are the cornerstone of a 21st century economy and society. Another part comes from the competence and integrity of the media and telecom advisors working on his transition team. And another comes from his direct experience.
Obama-the-candidate commented several times that voters’ false views of him — that he’s a Muslim, a socialist and unpatriotic — were fed and spread by Fox News and their cohorts like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham in the far-right media. Obama understands that they are the special sauce in Karl Rove’s toxic recipe to discredit progressive policies and politicians, and divide Americans with wedge issues.And Obama understands that pushing back against guys like Limbaugh – who this week blamed the president-elect for the financial crisis, calling it “Obama’s recession” – requires a bold policy agenda that uses the Internet to pry media distribution monopolies away from the largest media companies. Though often underreported, Obama spoke frequently about his commitment to blocking further media consolidation, fostering more independent and diverse media, ensuring universal high-speed Internet access, and “taking a back seat to no one” in passing “Net Neutrality” laws to prevent Internet providers like Comcast and AT&T from creating fast and slow lanes on the Internet.