U.S. Media Applaud Bombing of Iraqi TV

March 27, 2003

When Iraqi TV offices in Baghdad were hit by a U.S missile strike on March 25, the targeting of media was strongly criticized by press and human rights groups. The general secretary of the International Federation of Journalists, Aidan White, suggested that "there

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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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Local media on Seattle FCC Hearing

Backing, hisses for media consolidation

By Todd Bishop, Seattle Post-Intelligencer (March 8)

Media executives and a passionate crowd of media consumers gathered in Seattle yesterday to discuss the prospect of big companies amassing even larger collections of TV stations, radio stations

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Media Monopolies: A Threat to American Democracy (AFL-CIO Resolution)

The Executive Council of the AFL-CIO, on a motion by Screen Actors Guild President Melissa Gilbert, adopted a resolution urging the FCC to keep media ownership regulation.

Media Monopolies: A Threat to American Democracy

"It is the purpose of the First Amendment to preserve an uninhibited marketplace

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Seattle City Council Resolution

A RESOLUTION in support of diversity in media ownership.

WHEREAS, freedom of the press and public access to diverse media are prerequisites for a functioning democracy; and

WHEREAS, the broadcast airwaves are owned commonly by the public, and should be managed to serve the public interest; and


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Licata on FCC's Proposed Changes

by Nick Licata

Since the 1996 Telecommunications Act deregulated of radio ownership rules we have seen a national trend of massive media consolidation and dramatically decreased competition.

In particular it has damaged local accountability and content diversity,

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Green Light Specials on Media Consolidation

If the FCC loosens its rules, will media giants go on a radio-and-TV shopping spree? Absolutely.

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CWA Tells FCC: Preserve Diversity of Information Sources and Ownership

To best preserve the widest possible dissemination and diversity of information to the public, the Federal Communications Commission should safeguard the media from consolidation into fewer hands, Linda Foley, president of The Newspaper Guild-Communications Workers of America, told FCC commissioners

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On Media Giantism, by William Safire (NYT)

A NYT article of January 20, 2003

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