Net neutrality is also at stake when media mergers occur.Net neutrality involves a lack of restrictions on content on the internet, however, with big businesses supporting campaigns financially they tend to have influence over political issues, which can translate into their mediums.
Some say that the Minot train derailment was exacerbated by consolidation of media, but an EOU study cited by Radioworld notes that even though Minot's media was under the same ownership, the Emergency Alert System (EAS) – which is completely automated – should have been activated by emergency management officials (media personnel are not necessary for EAS activation) but was not.
So it is shown that consolidated media did not play a significant role in this incident.
When the larger scale media companies buy out the more smaller-scaled or local companies they become more powerful within the market.
As they continue to eliminate their business competition through buyouts or forcing them out (because they lack the resources or finances) the companies left dominate the media industry and create a media oligopoly.
In contrast to this, those who support deregulation have argued that cultural trade barriers and regulations harm consumers and domestic support in the form of subsidies hinders countries to develop their own strong media firms.
The opening of borders is more beneficial to countries than maintaining protectionist regulations.
An example would be the repeated refusal of networks to air "ads" from anti-war advocates to liberal groups like Move On.org, or religious groups like the United Church of Christ, regardless of factual basis.
Journalists and their reports may be directly sponsored by parties who are the subject of their journalism leading to reports which actually favor the sponsor, have that appearance, or are simply a repetition of the sponsors opinion.
The force of public opinion cannot be resisted when permitted freely to be expressed. It is necessary, to keep the waters pure." Recently, new age critical scholarship has emerged that has investigated policymaking critical junctures in the communicative history in northern America.
As a result, the media reform movement has flourished.
Media integrity is especially endangered in the case when there are clientelist relations between the owners of the media and political centres of power.