Clinton on The FCC Power Grab
Bill Safire, in the New York Times:
June 26, 2003
Big Media's Silence
By WILLIAM SAFIRE
Over the protests of 750,000 viewers and readers, three appointees to the Federal Communications Commission last month voted to permit the takeover of America's local press, television and radio by a handful of mega-corporations.
TOW TRUCK SUPERMAN
What a day, what a night. Whew. Here it is, almost 3 in the morning, and I am first sitting down to compose a blog entry. The original plan was to send out some e-mail and work on the blog at around 10PM, yesterday.
Usually I work in an office in NYC on Tuesdays.
ART IMITATES CRIME IMITATING LIFE
Recently in this space there was mention made of some artwork (an original Dali!) being stolen from Rikers Island prison in NYÖ
Guess who was nabbed: COPS! Prison guards! Yep, it made the paper.
The Powell FCC: Call it "FLOODGATE"
Respond. Not to Safire (well, sure, write him if you like), but to your Senator, your Congressional rep.
Safire gives this FCC move a name: FLOODGATE. Steamroll sounds more like it, but Floodgate will do.
Here's the site to visit if you want to make your own voice heard with regard to the FCC's actions on ownership, or any other matters. Knowing how to dash off a note to your Congressional Rep or Senator -- and then doing it -- can help maintain the many voices being heard. Also consider dropping a note to John McCain and Fritz Hollings.
Clear Channel & Spike
Sounds like the name of a buddy movie, doesnít it? Read on, and it will make sense as the headline for today's blog entry.
A few days ago I wrote about John Rook. His reputation as a solid and extremely capable, talented radio professional is a well known fact. But who knew John was also a source for biting social satire?
FCC VOTE ñ THE STORY OF THE MOMENT
I continue to fear a merger of Clear Channel and Microsoft. Or perhaps Clear Channel and AOL (after it separates from Time-Warner). It just seems a likely next step: first they dominate the airwave licenses, they own a substantial amount of the countryís outdoor advertising. What could be next? AOL would get them into loads of PCs.
Evening Update: As readers of this space surely know by now, Michael Powell's wet kiss to Big Business occurred in the FCC vote this morning. That's the bad news.
The good news is that apparent public outcry (in spaces such as the many, many blogs and grass roots organizations which have been making their opposition known of late) is being heard.