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Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Big Media Consolidation and Why You Should Hate It

BILL MOYERS JOURNAL|FCC Update|PBS November 16, 2007
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 video's eight and a half minutes, but if you care about American media, it'll be worth your time.
Then you can watch this 23 minute piece from earlier in the month.
Read FCC (Democratic) commissioner Michael Copps vs. "Big Media".
While the issue on the FCC is a Republican (3) vs. Democrat (2) issue, the fear of media consolidation runs from the Christian Coalition to MoveOn.

Contact the FCC before December 11. Then, because reaching out to the FCC probably won't matter, contact your federal legislators.
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Top 10 Christmas Gifts for Conservatives in 2007 from the Human Events Book Service

The usual suspects (Ann Coulter, Newt Gingrich, Glenn Beck), a Reagan bio, Clarence Thomas' autobiography. AND The Complete Tales of Uncle Remus by Joel Chandler Harris:
"Are these the most 'politically incorrect' children’s stories ever written?
Perhaps. But they're also among the most delightful and moral. Now they're back - with the original artwork
Isn't it just like liberals to diminish genuine racial and cultural diversity in the name of respecting it?"
That last line was almost enough for a spit take.

ROG

1 comment:

Gordon said...

First, for those who still might not get it:

Most of the "negative press" coming out about the WGA strike...is because Big Media owns much of the news outlets.

The fact that the RIAA is sending letters to colleges shaking them down, er, I mean, "encouraging" them to fight downloading (and the fact that all of them - except Harvard - are folding)...is because Big Media is afraid.

(And the above is cited in the latest Sound Opinions podcast).

Also, about that last comment - Roger, if I didn't believe you to be a bastion of integrity, I would think you were having us on.

(And yes, I can believe that Uncle Remus quote isn't made up)