Democracy Now! and CAN TV

Posted by Mitchell - February 2, 2006 (entry 402)

The announcement was made public this week: CAN TV, Chicago's fleet of public access TV channels, will begin cablecasting the daily news show Democracy Now! on Chicago-area cable. The daily coverage will begin on Wednesday, February 15, from 7am to 8am Chicago time.

To our knowledge, this marks the first regular Chicago-area televised broadcast or cablecast of the show, and complements the radio broadcast of Democracy Now! on three Chicago-area radio stations.

What does CMA have to do with this? CMA is the Chicago-area organizational nonprofit sponsor of Democracy Now! on CAN TV. We're proud and privileged to be able to help in this regard.

We're very glad to be involved with everyone to help make this happen, including of course CAN TV and Democracy Now!, but also Free Speech TV and the Chicago Instructional Technology Foundation.

The announcement has also made it into the corporate media: Robert Feder, media columnist with the Chicago Sun-Times, mentioned the announcement in his column on February 2.

Feder described the show as "left leaning". Fair enough. Why not describe The McLaughlin Group or The O'Reilly Factor or The Rush Limbaugh Show as "right leaning"? In linguistics, this phenomenon is referred to as "markedness" -- the idea that there's a "default" setting, and any variation from that setting leads to something being "marked" and thus treated differently. Sound familiar?

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