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TWENTY-TWO SOUTHERN AM AND FM RADIO STATIONS, AND TEN SOUTHERN
TELEVISION STATIONS.

IN EIGHT OF THE TOP TEN CITIES IN THE SOUTH, THE SAME
PEOPLE OWN A NEWSPAPER AND A TELEVISION STATION. IN THREE MISSI--
SSIPPI CITIES, NEWSPAPER, RADIO AND TELEVISION STATIONS ARE HELD
IN THE SAME HANDS. IN GREENWOOD, HATTIESBURG, JACKSON AND McCOMB,
THE SAME PEOPLE OWN THE NEWSPAPERS. IN HATTIESBURG, AND MERIDIAN,
THE SAME PEOPLE OWN ONE OF THE TELEVISION STATIONS.

IN 1974, 248 OF THE 430 DAILY NEWSPAPERS IN THE SOUTH
WERE CONTROLLED BY COMPANIES OWNING MORE THAN ONE NEWSPAPER; IN THE
SAME YEAR, COMPANIES WITH INTERESTS IN TWO OR MORE TELEVISION STATIONS
OWNED 126 OF THE SOUTH'S 225 STATIONS.

IN MY HOME TOWN, ATLANTA, THE SAME PEOPLE OWN BOTH DAILY
NEWSPAPERS, THE LARGEST MARKET TELEVISION STATION AND THE LARGEST
MARKET AM AND FM RADIO STATIONS. IF THAT SITUATION EXISTED IN
RUSSIA OR CHINA, THEY'D CALL IT DICTATORSHIP, OR THOUGHT CONTROL;
HERE WE CALL IT FREE ENTERPRISE.

ALL THIS MEANS IS THAT DESPITE ADVANCES IN EMPLOYMENT IN
THE ELECTRONIC AND PRINTED PRESS, AND IN SPITE OF SOME ADVANCES IN
SOCIETY GENERALLY, WE ARE INCREASINGLY HAVING INFORMATION ABOUT
OURSELVES CONTROLLED BY FEWER AND FEWER PEOPLE.

THAT IS WHERE REAL POWER LIES, AND WE MUST CONSTRUCT THE
MEANS TO FIGHT IT.

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