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Despicable and Useless Michael Powell Sides With Sinclair

He's not useless to those who seek to monopolize our airwaves and breach campaign donation and fairness laws, but he IS useless in that he does not act on behalf of the American public that owns the airwaves. Why doesn't the ACLU take this to court and suspend everything until it renders a verdict (which would safely curb the entire situation until after the election)?
WASHINGTON

FCC SAYS IT WON'T BLOCK ANTI-KERRY TV PROGRAM

The Federal Communications Commission won't intervene to stop a broadcast company's plans to air a critical documentary about senator John Kerry's anti-Vietnam War activities on dozens [try at least 62 outlets] TV stations, the agency's chairman said Thursday.

"Don't look to us to block the airing of a program," Michael Powell said. "I don't know of any precedent in which the commission could do that."

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Eighteen senators, all Democrats, wrote to Powell this week and asked him to investigate Sinclair Broadcast Group's plan to run the program, "Stolen Honor: Wounds That Never Heal," two weeks before the November 2nd election.

Powell said there are no federal rules that would allow the agency to prevent the program. "I think that would be an absolute disservice to the First Amendment, and I think it would be unconstitutional if we attempted to do so," he said.

Sinclair, based outside Baltimore, has asked its 62 television stations - many of them in competitive states in the presidential election - to pre-empt regular programming to run the documentary. It chronicles Kerry's 1971 testimony before Congress and links him to activist and actress Jane Fonda. It includes interviews with Vietnam prisoners of war and their wives who claim Kerry's testimony demeaned them and led their captors to hold them longer.

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The story neglects to explain that the CEO of Sinclair has already contributed the maximum monetary amount to the Bush campaign and the Republican party and that forcing the airing of this "documentary" is a transparent effort to make an additinal contribution to the campaign.

Imagine the screaming from Republicans if a comparable network announced its plans to air Fahrenheit 9/11 in 62 affiliate stations two weeks before the election.

We need to make a HUGE stink about this nasty business. Don't bother writing to Sinclair . . . they don't care. Write your congressmen and women and write the FCC.

Powell is so far in the pocket of these mega-broadcast people that a hankerchief has more clearance than he does.
What's that smell 15.Oct.2004 15:28

pix

Snif...snif....what's that smell......smells like....confilct of interest....

New Turn of Events 15.Oct.2004 19:07

Moon Baby

In an effort to appear "fair and balanced" Sinclair, today, has offered the Kerry campaign three days to produce something that would be aired following the anti-Bush mockumentary. It's unclear whether Kerry would also face a room of hostile questioners if he agreed or that he would be able to view their documentary before producing his own. And guess who would be filming the Kerry add-on question and answer session?

You have to admit that it's clever. If Kerry declines, they will say, "It proves we're right and he's afraid!" If he takes them up on it, they will find some way to make him look defensive or inadequate.

the liberal media. 16.Oct.2004 14:19

this thing here

there's not an allegiance between large media corporations and the bush admin./republicans/the right, is there? no, of course "not". no, this is "certainly" not an example of that...

we are in such deep doo-doo 16.Oct.2004 15:24

feeling helpless

The mainstream media have got to go. And FCC cronyism sucks. Good thing (for the moment, anyway) that we still have Indymedia, KBOO and a handful of others.