FCC testimony on media ownership: Emily Horswill

Well, you heard it. My name is Emily. Seventy-one years ago this month, I saw my first article published. Between then and President Reagan, I earned 26 awards. When he came in, he did not like environmentalists so he pretty well deleted me as a journalist, not as an author. But, at that time, he also did one other thing – he gave the Westinghouse Corporations immunity from taxes practically to buy up and dispose of the ultra-voices. He may not have known it, but he was really a tool of the people who are in the White House now.

They began in 1968 in their effort to control the world. At that time, one of them wrote his thesis on how easy it would be to scare us into submission. I think it is about time that we turn this thing around and scare them. As you can see, I belong to one of the groups that has been making […] noise.

I think that what we should do is copy the media, copy the corporations, and consolidate as they did. When we have just four of us, we should hit them hard on four issues: first, impeach; second, delete corporations – don’t just fix them, delete them; thirdly, we will do it with IRV which is a system of voting that would take it back to the people; and finally, we have to reinvent the independent journalists. They have been losing now for years. It is the only way that you get actual truth, because that is why they are independents. Thank you.

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