Corporate Power/Consolidation

Community Media Conference: Seattle, Sept 10-15 2002


Join us in Seattle this September as we confront the National Association of Broadcasters and their ongoing quest for greater consolidation of corporations' power over the public airwaves. Our Community Media Conference, including workshops, major speakers, rallies, music, teach-ins and microradio broadcasting, will support the continuing development of a national, grassroots media democracy movement.

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NAB: The WTO of broadcasting

One of the most powerful lobbies in the country, the National Association of Broadcasters represents the owners and management of the corporate media; the organization works tirelessly to keep control of the airwaves away from the public and firmly in the hands of big business. The NAB has fiercely opposed Low- power FM licensing for community radio stations, fought to get rid of public service requirements for broadcasters, and pressured Congress against enacting campain finance reform measures which would have granted free airtime to rich and poor candidates alike. The NAB has also pushed for ownership deregulation in the broadcast industry; now American radio industry is now more consolidated than ever before, with the largest single owner (the cartoonishly villainous Clear Channel) owning over 1200 stations in the US alone. When the NAB met in San Francisco in Sept. 2000, they were greeted by large-scale protests from citizens' groups calling for democratic access to the public airwaves. This year, we will meet them again at the Washington State Convention Center in downtown Seattle, the infamous site of the 1999 WTO Minsterial. The NAB has chosen Bill O'Reilly, conservative host of "The O'Reilly Factor" (Fox News Network), as keynote speaker for the 2002 conference.

[NAB info from FAIR ]

Media and Democracy Radio Features

The Media and Democracy Radio Project is an educational campaign sharing high-quality information about current media issues from a diverse range of perspectives. Taking inspiration from the long American tradition of linking press freedom to core democratic values, and from such thinkers and writers as Thomas Jefferson, Ida Wells and John Dewey, we hope to inspire listeners to awaken critical skills needed to understand the biases inherent in any media source, and the particular biases afflicting the corporate, "mainstream" media. These three-minute spots, narrated by prominent progressive voices including Howard Zinn, Starhawk, Anuradha Mittal and Jim Hightower, will be aired on community radio stations across the country during the months of August and September. Watch this site for further details.

Getting Involved

We nned your organizing help! We are planning educational workshops to take place in Seattle this summer, producing radio spots, writing articles, contacting speakers, building puppets, organizing rallies and figuring out how to best fight the undemocratic supercorporations which have taken control of our public airwaves. Get in on the discussions by joining our email organizing list, and let's broaden the movement together.

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