Monday, June 02, 2003

FCC eases media ownership rules

Republican-led commission passes measure with 3-2 vote (Coincidentally the ratio of Democrats to Republicans on the board.)
Critics say the eased restrictions would likely lead to a wave of mergers landing a few giant media companies in control of even more of what the public sees, hears and reads.

The decision was a victory for FCC Chairman Michael Powell (son of Colin Powell), who has faced growing criticism from diverse interests opposed to his move toward deregulation. “Our actions will advance our goals of diversity and localism,” Powell said.

Yes, because nothing promotes media diversity and localism like centralized ownership by a large conglomerate. Welcome to the time of the (Big) Lie.

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