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Republican FCC Commish Martin Wants to Quickly Give Media Outlets Propaganda Rights!

19 October 2007 at 10:48:50 AM

When you start saying *media consolidation*, some people's eyes glaze over. What does it really mean?

One rule likely to be eased bars a company from owning both a newspaper and TV or radio station in the same market. A U.S. appeals court in 2004 said a blanket cross-ownership ban is not necessary. Yet, the judges rejected the FCC's sweeping overhaul of media limits, saying it had not justified the changes.

Right. It's already been to COURT... because people would like some, um, VARIETY in their news and know that one outlet doesn't own the television, the newspaper and the radio station you listen to. It's almost beyond belief that Republican Martin is still pushing this. Could it be that there is some corporate beneficiary whose pocket Martin is in?

The cross-ownership ban is standing in the way of Chicago investor Sam Zell's proposed $8.2 billion purchase of Tribune Co. Tribune, under loopholes in the rules, owns both newspapers and TV stations in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Hartford, Conn., and South Florida. It must get a waiver or rule change to complete the sale by year's end.

So this explains the rush to get the vote through by mid-December, eh? Even though the FCC spokesman says "Oh, No, We are Not Rushing Things Through". Sure.

Martin has told the four other FCC commissioners that he wants to propose revised ownership rules by Nov. 13, provide a 30-day period for public comment and vote on Dec. 18.

Tamara Lipper, a spokeswoman for Martin, disputed claims that a vote is being hurried. She said the FCC launched the ownership review 18 months ago, has held five of six planned public hearings and completed 10 media ownership studies

Yeah. and the public overwhelmingly, EVERY TIME, has said they don't want this. That won't stop the FCC from repeatedly trying. What, does it have to take a lawsuit every time to stop this government?????

In 2003, millions of people--across partisan lines--from the NRA to CodePink stood tall to reclaim the airwaves for democracy--telling Congress and the FCC that they did not want to live in informational company towns where one media conglomerate might own all the media. The backlash hit the FCC like a tidal wave--and it seemed, for once, that the forces of democracy and diversity were winning. It is that force that needs to recreate itself--and grow in this perilous period--in order to stop the FCC's anti-democratic and destructive step.

Does the FCC give a hoot what the public wants?

In a 2005 interview with USA TODAY, Martin said the agency could ease the cross-ownership limit in big cities with many media outlets. The FCC, he said, also could repeal the rule in some small markets where mergers would "increase the amount of news coverage or maintain failing stations or newspapers."

SHAME on them. Take action and call Congress NOW.

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