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JasonBerry Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 03:12 PM
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TIME Says Michael Powell May Leave FCC
Populist outrage is threatening to undo a controversial effort by the FCC to loosen restraints on media megaliths. In the Senate last week, seven Republicans joined 28 Democrats to schedule a rare "resolution of disapproval" to overturn new FCC rules that would let companies like News Corp. and Viacom expand their media holdings in local markets. Then in the House, defecting Republicans fueled a 40-to-25 committee vote to reverse part of the FCC's action. Now it appears that the chief architect of those rules, FCC chairman Michael Powell, may not stick around for the fight. According to industry sources, the son of Secretary of State Colin Powell has told confidants he'd like to leave by fall, and three of his four top staff members are putting out job feelers.

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http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,110103...
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DemInIowa Donating Member (16 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 03:16 PM
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1. "TIME Says Michael Powell May Leave FCC"
That would be great news.
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sally343434 Donating Member (628 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 03:19 PM
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2. Actually, this was the plan all along
Powell comes in, hands the media in its entirety to the GOP propaganda ministry, congress is "in an uproar" and passes legislation to undo it, safe in the knowledge that Bu$h will veto it, and the House Boy gets his reward -- a cushy job in the very industry his position was intended to regulate.

Mission Accomplished!
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RUMMYisFROSTED Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 07:16 PM
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8. Probably not far from the truth...
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tkmorris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 07:26 PM
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9. Dunno
If Congress overturns the FCC ruling and Bush tries to veto it he is toast. Perhaps if they could put it off until after the election but that would take some doing.
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Dover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-21-03 05:40 AM
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14. This does seem to be a pattern...retiring people before they accumulate
Edited on Mon Jul-21-03 05:44 AM by Dover
too much baggage or too many hits and the press gets their hooks into them...but staying in long enough to do some serious damage. Hard to hit a moving target....rolling stones gather no moss, etc. This is in keeping with corporate procedures.
I'm sure all those who have left the Bush administration (and that list is getting long) have cushy jobs awaiting them as a reward.
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jos Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 03:51 PM
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3. Best news I've heard all day
:bounce:

Not that he'll be replaced by anyone better. :(
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Sushi_lover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 04:04 PM
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4. that pompous prick can get lost

you ever hear him do his spiel at beginning of hearings about "bad policy makes bad law..." etc? what a lying windbag.
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Isere Donating Member (920 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 04:23 PM
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5. "He came to town and trashed the place..."
I don't know where he came from, but the sooner he leaves the better. I'm sure Fox or some other wingnut organization will have a cushy job for him.
Good riddance to an arrogant prick.
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-21-03 03:37 PM
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16. I hope they give him a position of authority.
So he can destroy them, too.
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TankLV Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 04:25 PM
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6. "Happy Days Are Here Again....."
continue ... Democratic Party song ...
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SOS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 06:54 PM
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7. Does Rupert Murdoch
have an unemployed son or daughter to fill the slot?
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leQ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 07:28 PM
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11. he probably offered powell a job
maybe he'll replace geraldo - btw, where has he been anyway? seems ever since that iraq thing, he's been tucked away deep.
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Rose Siding Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 07:26 PM
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10. Look at the massive effort involved
just to keep it as bad as it is! It has to be done, of course, but all this work to maintain the status quo and not let it get even worse is a heartbreaking reminder of corporate power.

Must...not...get...discouraged :(
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Aristus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 10:11 PM
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12. Goodbyyyyyyyyyyye,
M****rF****rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-21-03 05:22 AM
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13. Why of course he's gonna leave..
He was placed in that position to accomplish a task.. He failed..He's gone.. They don;t need him anymore..

Good riddance..
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qb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-21-03 03:17 PM
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15. Michael's future was probably the leverage they used
to get Colin to trash his reputation and lie about WMDs.
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