Tuesday, November 13, 2007

FCC's Martin to America: "Drop Dead!"

Back in 1975, when New York City's government went bankrupt, applied to President Gerald Ford for financial help and was refused, the New York Daily News ran one of the most famous newspaper headlines ever: "Ford to City: Drop Dead."

Now, in 2007, just four days (96 hours!) after the FCC's sixth public hearing about Media ownership, during which four of the five commissioners of the FCC heard overwhelming opposition to further relaxation of media ownership rules, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin went ahead and recommended it anyway. During the Seattle hearing on November 9, Mr Martin's ennui could only be cut with a chain saw.

The two Democrat commissioners, Jonathan Adelstein and Michael Copps, ripped Mr Martin's stand.

According to Martin's November 13 press release, the public can still submit opinions to the FCC, until December 11, here, to Media Bureau Docket 06-121. Even if Mr Martin has no intention of listening, you can at least go on the record and feel much better.

Congress can still thwart Big Media's er, ahem, Mr Martin's desires; Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) declared that Congress will respond.

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