On June 2, the Federal Communications Commission is planning on authorizing sweeping changes to the American news media. The rules change could allow your local TV stations, newspaper, radio stations, and cable provider to all be owned by one company. NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox could have the same corporate parent. The resulting concentration of ownership could be deeply destructive to our democracy.
Congress is supposed to guard against monopoly power. But the upcoming rule change could change the landscape for all media and usher in an era in which a few corporations control your access to news and entertainment. Please join me in asking Congress and the FCC to support a diverse, competitive media landscape by going to:
You can also automatically have your comments publicly filed at the FCC (always a good idea, as they are a political entity). When the folks at MoveOn.org talk to Congresspeople about this issue, the response is usually the same: "We only hear from media lobbyists on this. It seems like my constituents aren't very concerned with this issue." A few thousand emails could permanently change that perception. Please join this critical campaign, and let Congress know you care.
Unless of course, you want reality shows 24/7 and only one political and social point of view: the company line.
May 14, '03
I honestly don't know the story behind this particular issue. It stinks of big business influence, though. In my eyes, it shouldn't be a Republican or Democrat issue. . . and if the FCC does allow this deregulation, it will hurt us all. . . Democrat or Republican!!
I've posted on similar topics here in the past. Clear Channel already has a huge monopoly in the Albany, New York area. Doesn't make for much choice in either news or entertainment listening.
It unnerves me that one or two companies can have such a huge control over the information conveyed to the public. It bothers me even more that the general public is either totally oblivious to this . . . or even worse, totally apathetic.
I don't know what's worse: Government censorship or corporate censorship. I do know this, though . . . the CEO's of companies are NOT elected officials and therefore are not accountable to the public for their decisions.
Last edit by Ted on May 14, '03