It seems counterproductive—not to mention annoying—to ask people what they need, and then ignore what they tell you. More of that seems to be going on in Washington these days.

The vapor is still curling over the heads of all those who were steamed about the decision relaxing ownership rules for the likes of Rupert Murdoch, the "fair and balanced" media mogul. Under a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decision, a handful of media companies would be free to acquire a sizable chunk of the nation's general news outlets. (Why eSchool News could even buy...

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