More at Bill Moyers Journal. ~ Lo
From their web site:
“On November 2, 2007, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin announced that the Commission would hold the sixth and final public hearing on media consolidation November 9, 2007 in Seattle, Washington. Commissioners Michael Copps and Jonathan Adelstein blasted the Chairman’s decision to give the public only five business days notice before the hearing: “With such short notice, many people will be shut out … This is outrageous and not how important media policy should be made.”
The Seattle hearing was contentious — reflecting the aptness Chairman Martin’s opening words to the Seattle meeting:
The decisions we will make about our ownership rules will be as difficult as they are critical. The media touches almost every aspect of our lives.”
There is little time left to write to the FCC and tell them your thoughts on this matter. Do not let them further erode what has happened to the MSM in this country with too few owners and too little journalism.
The decisions we will make about our ownership rules will be as difficult as they are critical. The media touches almost every aspect of our lives.
WEIGH IN ON FCC RULE CHANGES:
THE FCC REVOLVING DOOR:
The Center for Public Integrity, a non-partisan watchdog group recently released a new study on the workings of the FCC called “Well Connected.” It documents the revolving door between FCC commission membership and industry lobbying. The study contains several items of note:
- A Travel report documenting FCC trips and expenses paid for by industry groups.
- Databases enabling you to find out who owns what media outlets in your own neighborhood.
- A survey of the media ownership in the hometowns of the five FCC commissioners.
- Documentation on how the FCC gathers and disseminates its data on media ownership.
FIND OUT MORE:
- Read statements from the Seattle hearing
- Response from Commissioners Copps and Adelstein (PDF)
- Letter to Commissioner Martin from Senator Maria Cantwell and Representative Jay Inslee of Washington State (PDF)
- “Few Friends for Proposal on Media,” THE NEW YORK TIMES, November 13, 2007.
Published on November 16, 2007
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