TAKE A MINUTE FOR OUR MEDIA, FOR OUR DEMOCRACY
Michael Powell and the FCC are Making Media Monopoly Part of the Constitution.
In less than three weeks, the Federal Communications Commission will likely strike down the remaining rules that protect media diversity, creating the biggest wave of media consolidation in history. That wave will engulf the heart of our democracy. FCC Chairman Michael Powell is ramming this deregulatory agenda down the throats of consumers on behalf of a handful of media giants.
The big shareholders of media conglomerates will win while the rest of us lose -- more junk on TV and radio, more ads, more "news" that doesn't tell us anything important. And, most importantly, fewer perspectives.
Will the mainstream media cover this all-important story? We probably shouldn't count on them.
Together we can stop Powell and the FCC. A MASSIVE APPEAL FROM THE AMERICAN PUBLIC IS THE ONLY WAY TO STOP THE FCC.
A few clicks send a letter (hard copy and email) to your members of Congress and the FCC.
The FCC has already received an unprecedented amount of public comment on this issue; over 97% of comments oppose media consolidation. Yet Powell doesn?t want to listen. We need to turn up the volume - we need to double the number of public comments by the cutoff date of MAY 30.
GOTO WWW.MEDIAREFORM.NET NOW to submit your comment and Stop the FCC.
America is fueled by diverse perspectives. That's what makes our country so resilient. Our Founding Fathers would be appalled. The Bill of Rights, freedom of the press - these were meant to insure a well-informed, skeptical public.
Other than Powell's supporters and a few corporate media executives, few people support the FCC's decision. Opposed are journalists, religious
groups, civic organizations, entertainers of all kinds, consumer activists, small businesses and independent media outlets. At nine public hearings nationwide over the past four months, FCC commissioners have faced near-unanimous disapproval. Out of 3000 comments filed by individuals with the FCC from 14 states, only three have favored more conglomeration.
Yet, in another attack on democracy, these voices are being overruled by the big media owners and their pack of lobbyists.
Powell should be working on behalf of the public good. But he's not. He's even refused to come to any of the seven public hearings held since
February, claiming he's just too busy. Nor will Powell meet with anyone from Congress who's opposed to radical deregulation. But he spends a lot of time at corporate media conventions, and often meets with corporate CEOs and
lobbyists. Powell claims that the FCC is only doing the bidding of the Congress.
That is false. Scores of representatives have written urging that he not deregulate without further public hearings and more study. Powell has
refused to share the research that he's used to justify this drastic plan, and is allowing no time for scholars or Congress to weigh in. It is a
textbook case of backroom deal-making at its most corrupt, with the biggest campaign donors awaiting their payback.
Go to www.mediareform.net. Act today. The future of our democracy is in your hands.
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