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Rupert Murdoch’s Wet Dream, Comes True

December 28, 2007

This is a story that should shock you whether you are Democrat, Republican, or Independent. It seems that the FCC in its infinite wisdom has decided to let the media be bought up and controlled by even fewer that own it now. If doesn’t scare you, it should.

On December 18, 2007, (Right that date down.) The FCC voted to lift a thirty year ban that limited the number of media outlets that one person or company could own in one city. The new ruling allows them to own any amount of papers, television, and radios stations in one city. In a 2-3 vote that was along party lines, they allowed this nightmare to take place.

This is bad for a number of reasons, the biggest is that now one opinion only has to be heard. It does not matter what the party is that controls the thoughts of that area, it is a huge hit on the freedom of speech. Even worse it is controlled speech.

It seems that even with an open letter with 200,000 signatures asking that this not happen, they ignored the voice of the people.

Democracy Now

It was Bush-appointed FCC Chair Kevin Martin, now just forty-one years old, who rammed through the rule changes. He’s served President Bush well. As deputy general counsel for the Bush-Cheney campaign in 2000, he was active during the Florida recount. Before that, he worked for Kenneth Starr at the Office of Independent Counsel during the Monica Lewinsky scandal. Rumor has it he may run for governor of his native North Carolina. His wife, Cathie Martin, was a spokeswoman for Vice President Dick Cheney in the midst of the scandal around the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame. She now works on Bush’s communications staff.

Michael Copps was one of the two that voted against the ruling and Amy Goodman played a speech of his. During the interview he said that a few days before the vote he read Orwell, which prepared him for the vote. Copps said the vote would do Orwell proud.

“We shed big crocodile tears for the financial plight of newspapers, yet the truth is that newspaper profits are about double the S&P 500 average. We pat ourselves on the back for holding six field hearings across the United States, yet today’s decision cites not a single word from the thousands of Americans who waited in long lines for an open mike to testify before us.”

This with all of the other shady things done by this administration makes me wonder, what is this going to mean to the country?

The Fairness Doctrine is needed now more than ever. The Fairness Doctrine is According to WikiPidia

The Fairness Doctrine was a United States FCC regulation requiring broadcast licensees to present controversial issues of public importance in a manner deemed by the FCC to be honest, equitable and balanced. The doctrine has since been withdrawn by the FCC, and certain aspects of the doctrine have been questioned by courts.

Under the Reagan administration the Fairness Doctrine was repealed.

In August 1987, the FCC abolished the doctrine by a 4-0 vote, in the Syracuse Peace Council decision. The FCC stated, “the intrusion by government into the content of programming occasioned by the enforcement of [the Fairness Doctrine] restricts the journalistic freedom of broadcasters … [and] actually inhibits the presentation of controversial issues of public importance to the detriment of the public and the degradation of the editorial prerogative of broadcast journalists,” and suggested that, due to the many media voices in the marketplace, the doctrine be deemed unconstitutional.

Although it should be brought back, I don’t even think the Fairness Doctrine will help with the new Ruling in place.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. December 29, 2007 3:59 am

    this is where the thing you are writing on comes into play. blogger, wikipedia, et. al., leave room to hope

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