Corporate Power/Consolidation

Reclaim the Media responds to FCC ruling

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Local Media Reform Advocates Pledge to Continue Battle despite FCC Ruling

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Seattle Media await FCC decision

Area newspapers and broadcast stations could be affected

By Todd Bishop, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Owners of the Seattle area's newspapers and broadcast stations will be watching closely Monday as the Federal Communications Commission considers relaxing or repealing the government's longstanding

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Corporate Power at the FCC

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When the Federal Communications Commission decides on June 2 whether to dramatically loosen restrictions on media ownership, it will be relying largely on analyses based on proprietary databases not freely available to the public. Why is the Bush Administration's FCC so determined to keep key data from the public? This question is explored by one of several new studies from the Center for Public Integrity, probing the depths of corporate power's influence over FCC perceptions, metrics and decisionmaking. The Center has also created a new online database tracking ownership of broadcast stations nationwide.

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Media Politics: Hearst's Tentacle Swats Times, Ownership Rules

The gloves are coming off in the fight between the Hearst Corporation, owner of the Post-Intelligencer, and Seattle Times majority owner Frank Blethen. The conflict concerns the Joint Operating Agreement which links the two papers' non-editorial divisions and gives Seattle the increasingly rare distinction

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June 2: Decisive Date in Media Ownership Battle

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On June 2, the FCC plans to vote on whether to "relax" the rules for owning American news media. Despite unprecedented public opposition to additional deregulation, as well as bipartisan Congressional pressure for greater transparency, FCC chair Michael Powell has refused to reveal the specifics of his proposed changes until after the vote.

If the Commission decides to allow further media concentration, the resulting stampede of mergers would give a shrinking handful of large corporations much greater influence over what is reported--or ignored--in the news. The general public?s ability to have open, informed discussion with a wide variety of viewpoints would be compromised.

A healthy democracy is best served by a diverse marketplace of ideas. Tell Congress and the FCC to preserve current media ownership rules for the sake of competition and diversity.

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Chomsky on Power, Terror and the Media

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"Everyone's worried about stopping terrorism," says dissident intellectual Noam Chomsky in a new film directed by John Junkerman. "Well, there's a really easy way: stop participating in it." Power and Terror, which documents
Chomsky?s analysis of post-9/11 US foreign policy, receives its Seattle
premiere this month: Friday - Sunday, March 21- 23 and Tuesday - Sunday, March 25 - 30, 7 and 9pm, at Seattle's Little Theater (19th and Mercer).

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Buffalo follows Seattle and Philadelphia with Pro-Diversity Resolution

RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF DIVERSITY IN MEDIA OWNERSHIIP

Sponsored by: NABET-CWA #51025
and The Buffalo Newspaper Guild CWA #31026

WHEREAS freedom of the press and broad public access to a diverse range of information through the media are prerequisites for a functioning democracy; they are the

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Comment: Retain the Cross-Ownership Ban

COMMENTS IN SUPPORT OF RETAINING THE BAN ON LOCAL NEWSPAPER/BROADCAST CROSS-OWNERSHIP

Jonathan Lawson

before the Federal Communications Commission Field Hearing on Media Consolidation
Durham, North Carolina, March 31, 2003

Good afternoon. I

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Look who's standing up to big media

Local media magnates will join activists at an FCC hearing to oppose deregulation

by Fiona Morgan, The Independent Weekly
March 26, 2003

This summer, leaders in Washington will make a decision that will affect everything you see, hear and read. You probably haven't heard about it--most Americans

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The fate of our media hangs in the balance

by Greg Bloom, The Chronicle (Duke University)
March 28, 2003

Most Americans are completely unaware of an impending decision that will decide the fate of our media for decades. An equally distressing majority of people are unaware that a decisive moment in this process will occur right here at Duke.

This Monday,

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The media's job is to interest the public in the public interest. -John Dewey