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BurtWorm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 09:51 AM
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Powell Jr. shocked public doesn't get his care-taking of their interest.
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/09/22/business/media/22MIKE...

In a wide-ranging telephone interview Thursday from his home in Northern Virginia, Mr. Powell mused inconclusively about how much longer he would be at the agency. Alternately frustrated, assertive and resigned, he acknowledged the sharp political skills of opponents who have waged a campaign to derail the new media ownership rules, which have become the most important regulations of Mr. Powell's tenure. But he also sounded surprised that he had become a focal point of the debate.

"Basically, people ran an outside political campaign against the commission," he said. "I've never seen that in six years." Mr. Powell was an F.C.C. commissioner for three years before President Bush appointed him chairman in 2001.

"I've been called every name in the book by every opponent in the book," he said. "That's classic Washington. If you can't get past jingoism, you attack the person. I wish the press would focus on more than who's rebuked and who's rebuking and look at what the best alternatives are for the public in terms of policy."

The new rules, adopted 3 to 2 by the commission in June, would permit a company to own both a newspaper and a broadcast station in many of the nation's metropolitan areas, and would permit companies to own as many as three television stations and eight radio stations in the largest markets, while limiting further consolidation in the radio industry.

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Mari333 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 10:00 AM
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1. Whine whine whine
:nopity:

Put his sorry ass on the front lines in Iraq, or tell him to shut his piehole. The US public said F*** Y** to his media consolidation scheme. He can go crawl back to his air conditioned multi million dollar mansion and piss into the wind for all anyone cares at this point.
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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 10:01 AM
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2. Yeah, when public opinion is running against you
By approximately 275 million to five, it's tough to believe that the opposition could be so orchestrated. Tell me, Mr. Powell (before you head off to spend more time with your family), what deep-seated crying public need were you serving by changing media ownership rules and regulations? After all, the public airwaves belong to the public, not to Rupert Murdoch, so who was clamoring for an even greater concentration of control of those airwaves into fewer and fewer hands?

You're a two-bit corporate whore. Be sure to leave the $4.75 change after picking up your fiver off of Rupert's dresser. He counts that change quite closely, you know.
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gristy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 10:03 AM
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3. What a clueless, lying sack of s**t.
The guy is mentally deranged.
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linazelle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 10:08 AM
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4. He has all the charm of an undertaker
And when you think about it he was trying to bury our constitution by supporting the FCC changes.

I lost every shred of respect for either Powell as a result of the son's FCC oversight. I just cannot see how a father would allow his some to become the pawn of people who want to sell the free press.

He deserves more than a job loss. I hope he never finds another one.
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 10:14 AM
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5. The article is a good read.....even though it faintly praises him in some
way.....it's very uncomplimentary in many others. It doesn't really drive home his arrogance....but hints at it.

I loved this comment:


"The saying about him is he can talk about nuclear physics, but he can't count to three," said another former top official who
remains friendly with Mr. Powell. "This is like the story of a guy who is a great high school ballplayer, comes to the majors and
then can't hit a curve ball. You expect him to hit .380, and then he hits .150."
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The Backlash Cometh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 11:54 AM
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6. "I've never seen that in six years."
Assuming such a campaign did exist, Powell would have given a dose of his own medicine. What he describes is precisely the same political manuevering that the Republicans have been doing since the early 1990s. And if the Democrats were clever enough to put together a counter-punch, I say, "Hurrah!"
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 11:56 AM
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7. I bet he hasn't ever heard the name
I have for him.
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Armstead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 12:02 PM
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8. Wotta Creep
He has mastered the art of using 20 words to hide the fact that he is not saying anything.

Maybe there's a realm in which he would be effective. But he is the last person in the world who should be an FCC commissioner. He has no clue about the media's role, or why it's important that the public interest be a core part of policy. He just sees it as a "market."

I hope Congress starts to put on pressure to get rid of this turkey, and send him back to the lobbyists offices where he belongs.
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damnraddem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 12:02 PM
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9. Ooh, let's all let out those crocodile tears for poor Junior.
The bad, bad politicos have messed up his playhouse.
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