Finishing the Job on Media Ownership

Last December, the FCC ignored the pleas of millions of Americans, and ruled that big media companies should be allowed to control even more of what we see and hear. Now, Congress is considering a measure that would roll back that bad decision, and restore reasonable limits on media ownership in large markets. But it's up to us to make sure Congress acts. Take action now!

BACKGROUND:

Last year, people across the country united to tell the FCC: big media is big enough already. Many thousands of people contacted the FCC and spoke out in favor of limiting the media power of corporate media giants like Viacom, Tribune, Clear Channel and Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. Over 1100 people in Seattle delivered that message at the final FCC media ownership hearing last November, along with Northwest elected officials from across the political spectrum.

Despite all that public outcry, the FCC chose to weaken the ownership rules – allowing big media to consolidate power by combining ownership of newspapers and broadcast stations in America's largest cities.

But even if the FCC wasn't listening to the public, some in Congress were. In May the Senate passed a measure backed by Senators Byron Dorgan and Maria Cantwell to overrule the FCC, with a historic, nearly unanimous vote.

Now it's up to the House of Representatives to finish the job – and Washington Reps Jay Inslee and Dave Reichert are leading the way. They introduced a Resolution which will roll back the FCC's bad decision, winning an important victory for media democracy and handing a stinging rebuke to the Bush Administration!

See Stop Big Media for more information.

TAKE ACTION:

1. Contact your Representative (contact info below). Tell him or her:

I'm calling to ask Representative ________ to cosponsor House Joint Resolution 79, overturning the FCC's decision to weaken media ownership limits.

2. Sign our online petition.

Here's where our Northwest Congressmen currently stand: Call your Representative today! (Not from the Northwest? Find your Representative here.)

WASHINGTON

cosponsoring:
Jay Inslee [D, WA-1]
Jim McDermott [D, WA-7]
Dave Reichert [R, WA-8]

not cosponsoring:
Rick Larsen [D, WA-2] call (360) 733-4500
Brian Baird [D, WA-3] call (360) 695-6292
Doc Hastings [R, WA-4] call (509) 543-9396
Cathy McMorris Rodgers [R, WA-5] call (509) 353-2374
Norman Dicks [D, WA-6] call (253) 593-6536
Rep. Adam Smith [D, WA-9] call (253) 896-3775

OREGON

cosponsoring:
Rep. David Wu [D, OR-1]

not cosponsoring:
Rep. Greg Walden [R, OR-2] call (541) 776-4646
Rep. Earl Blumenauer [D, OR-3] call (503) 231-2300
Rep. Peter DeFazio [D, OR-4] call (541) 465-6732
Rep. Darlene Hooley [D, OR-5] call (503) 588-9100

IDAHO

not cosponsoring:
Rep. Bill Sali [R, ID-1]
Rep. Michael Simpson [R, ID-2]

ALASKA
not cosponsoring:
Rep. Donald Young [R, AK-0]

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