Thursday, October 18, 2007

Even More Power to Media Moguls?

It never stops, the outrageous kowtowing to corporations by the Bush administration. The latest maneuver leaves the country open to serious manipulation of the press.... "Plan Would Ease Limits on Media Owners." NY Times

Yes, the plan by the Federal Communications Commission is to relax even further media ownership rules, including the repealing of a rule that forbids a company to own both a newspaper and a television or radio station in the same city.

Media conglomerate giants like the perniciously-acquisitive Rupert Murdoch are dancing for joy. We've got to stop the music!

As Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) said, "This is a big deal because we have way too much concentration of media ownership in the United States."


The FCC "was flooded with nearly three million comments against changing the rules, the most it has ever received in a rule-making process." But, public opinion has never stopped the Bush administration from pursuing corporate interests.

The commission that will rule on the measure, perhaps in December, has five members.... and two seem likely to vote against the changes. We need three.

Contact your representatives, (contact information on the left of this page) let them know that pressure must be applied to stop this freedom-risking concentration of media power.

We mustn't stand by and allow the Bush administration to relax the safeguards against the few disseminating news to the many.... because the risk is that the news then becomes just a tool for propaganda.

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