U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders takes aim at corporate media, tech giants

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, who has criticized corporate media and accused some outlets of a bias against his campaign, vowed to clamp down on media mergers and toughen enforcement of antitrust laws against tech giants like Facebook and Google. FILE PHOTO: 2020 Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders…

U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders takes aim at corporate media, tech giants

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, who has criticized corporate media and accused some outlets of a bias against his campaign, vowed to clamp down on media mergers and toughen enforcement of antitrust laws against tech giants like Facebook and Google. FILE PHOTO: 2020 Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders speaks during a campaign event in West Branch, Iowa, U.S., August 19, 2019. REUTERS/Al Drago/File PhotoIn an editorial, Sanders, a U.S. senator from Vermont, said as president he would seek a moratorium on approving mergers of major media corporations, more funding for “non-profit civic-minded media” and moves to prevent Facebook and Google from siphoning off advertising revenues from news organizations. Sanders also said he would limit the number of stations that large broadcasting corporations can own in each market and nationwide, and require media corporations to disclose whether their merger proposals would involve “significant” journalism layoffs. “Today, after decades of consolidation and deregulation, just a small handful o
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