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Sun Jan 27, 2013, 02:18 PM
woo me with science (31,512 posts)
15. While his FCC acts to worsen the problem.
Here we go again: rhetoric for the people, versus action for the corporations.
Moyers: FCC moves toward more media consolidation
Moyers: But the chairman of the FCC is President Obamaís own appointee, his own choice to head it. Why would the president be wanting to approve a greater concentration of media?
Aaron: Well, thatís the $64 million question. Barack Obama as a senator was one of the leading voices against the exact same rules that his FCC chairman is pushing forward now. He wrote op-eds, he co-sponsored legislation to throw out these exact same rules, legislation that passed in the Senate. And yet, his own FCC chairman, his appointee, is suddenly in a huge rush to get this deal done....
Aaron: "....I donít think the publicís opinion on this has changed at all ó 99 percent are against it. I donít think the Congressís opinion has changed. We just saw ten or eleven senators send letters to the FCC saying donít go forward. And I honestly believe the courtís opinion hasnít changed. They rejected these same rules twice before, and if the FCC continues down this path they will reject them again. But we shouldnít have to get to that point. We have an opportunity here to stop the runaway push toward media consolidation. How will this impact diversity of ownership? How will this impact local news? Letís have a conversation about it ó a public conversation ó and stop trying to just push through favors for a small handful of moguls.
Moyers: What does it say to you that the chairman of the FCC is running a secret process that would, in effect, gut media ownership limits?
Aaron: Well, I think heís forgotten who heís supposed to actually work for. I think the chairman of the FCC thinks itís his job to just negotiate between companies. And this is an opportunity to remind him that this is actually not his job. His job is to promote diversity. His job is to promote competition. His job is to promote consumer choice. That is not something he has always seen as part of his job, but this is really the time for him to learn that lesson. The Federal Communications Commission is a very captured agency. The big companies have a lot of power there. A lot of people who used to work in the building now work in industry; a lot of people who used to work in industry now work in that building. But at its core, what the FCC is supposed to do is represent the American public. And thatís something unfortunately this chairman is having to find out the hard way.
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