What it really means to have Bush in office.

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007 @ 1:56 am | Corporate shenanigans, Media, Politics

Dirty shenanigans against the people like this every day.

Earlier this month the FCC convened the final of six public hearings to air out concerns about this proposed rule change. I have watched, listened to or attended all of these hearings and one thing is clear. The public is single-mindedly opposed to more media consolidation.

Martin himself admitted recently that he remembers “only one” public witness calling for relaxation of media ownership rules at these hearings.

This public opposition is not just evident in the passion of the thousands of people who testified against consolidation at FCC hearings in Seattle, Los Angeles, Nashville, Tampa, Harrisburg and Chicago. It’s a fact reflected in the public record.

The last time the FCC tried to change the rules in 2003, millions of people contacted Congress and the FCC to oppose the changes, which were ultimately thrown out by the courts. My organization, Free Press, checked the public comments of those who have written the FCC since June 2006 and found that more than 99 percent opposed changing the rules.

Despite the massive outcry, Martin has not wavered in his rush to let loose a new wave of consolidation by the end of the year.

This is what’s really been going on for the past 7 years under Bush. Corporations rest assured that whatever the public thinks, Bush will have a lackey in place that will allow them to essentially rewrite the rules for themselves. This never stops under Bush, it just keeps chipping away every day at the years of hard work spent defending the public good and keeping voices alive. And it flies under the corporate media radar for all the obvious reasons. All the more reason why the voting booth becomes our only chance to reverse such trends, and even then corporate Democrats (like, say, for example, Hillary Clinton) take that choice away. Value it while it still lasts.

-jb

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