Is anyone else upset over the completely corrupt manner in which the FCC approved changed governing media ownership?
FCC chairman Michael Powell (son of Colin) did his best to ignore every public hearing on the matter while being courted by his corporate pimps. Check out these facts:
"In the weeks before Monday’s vote, the Center for Public Integrity detailed the cozy relationship between the FCC majority, key staffers and the industries they are supposed to police.
Last month, the Center revealed that FCC commissioners and staffers have taken more than 2,500 junkets ? at a cost of almost $2.8 million – that were paid for by the interests they are supposed to police. And it came as no surprise to anyone that FCC Chairman Michael Powell, the primary proponent of the six rule changes, was among the chief recipients of the first-class flights, luxury hotel suites and other favors that the media giants used to influence the decision-making process. Assessing the study’s findings, Center for Public Integrity director Charles Lewis said, “The idea that the FCC can render an objective, independent judgment about media ownership is laughable.”
The idea grew even more laughable on the eve of Monday’s vote, as the same Washington-based public interest research center revealed that, over the past eight months, owners and lobbyists for the country’s largest broadcasting conglomerates met behind closed doors with FCC officials 71 times to discuss the rule changes that would allow big media to get dramatically bigger."
And you thought radio sucks now? Just wait until Clear Channel begins taking advantage of this (their stock rose considerably Monday, even in advance of the “vote”) to buy up even more stations and implement their “safe playlists.”
The good news is that the FCC’s actions have raised concern in Congress, who just may investigate the situation and turn back some of the changes.