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Senate just throws out FCC ruling that would have allowed MORE media consolidation

Many of us went up to Seattle to fight the FCC, knowing all along that the deck was stacked. They wanted to hand over a huge victory to the corporate police state: They wanted to allow anyone with enough riches to take control over all of the media they want. That means, they would have been able to control what we see, hear, learn, and think. And they had the votes to override the voices of millions of citizens who opposed the plan. ...Or so they thought.
While the FCC ignored all of our voices and pushed the rule changes ahead in spite of monumental outcry, it seems we have been heard anyway. Moments ago, the Senate votes to throw out the FCC's decision. Here is a communique from Free Press Action:

Just moments ago, by a near-unanimous vote, the Senate stood up to Big Media. They voted to throw out the FCC decision to let the largest media companies swallow up even more local media.

This is simply an astounding victory, and it would not have happened without the massive grassroots effort by you and thousands of others who called their senators, sent more than a quarter million letters, posted thousands of pictures and stories on StopBigMedia.com, and testified at public hearings held by the FCC.

It was your dedication that made today's Senate win possible.

Today was a huge step forward, but there is still much to do. The fight against the FCC now moves to the House, where our elected representatives need to hear from us.

President Bush has promised that he will try to veto this bill. But tonight the Senate and the American people have spoken with one voice. This historic vote sends a clear message that the only people who support more media consolidation are Big Media lobbyists and the White House.

We are in this struggle to bring more minority ownership, diverse perspectives and independent voices to the media. We need to make media consolidation an election-year issue. And we need to start talking about how to break up the giant conglomerates.

Corporate news today -- with its propaganda pundits, horse-race election coverage, and celebrity gossip -- undermines our democracy. We must continue to speak out and demand that the public airwaves be used to actually serve the public.

In just three weeks, thousands of people will be gathering together in Minnesota to build the movement for better media. You can join them at the National Conference for Media Reform, just visit www.freepress.net/conference.

For today, know that you played a key role in the fight for better media for all.

Thank you,

Josh Silver
Executive Director
Free Press Action Fund

First Good News I Have Heard In a While 15.May.2008 19:05

Joe Anybody

This is great !

Thanks for your efforts in this endeavor as well as reporting it here !

From Reclaim the Media 16.May.2008 06:30


I believe they got this from StopBigMedia:

Historic Senate Vote Rejects FCC's Rules

'Resolution of disapproval' passes Senate in a major victory; all eyes on the House

WASHINGTON -- In a near-unanimous voice vote tonight, the Senate passed a "resolution of
disapproval" that would nullify the Federal Communications Commission's latest attempt to
dismantle longstanding media ownership limits.

Last December, the FCC voted to remove the "newspaper/broadcast cross-ownership" ban that
prohibits one company from owning a broadcast station and the major daily newspaper in
the same market. The resolution of disapproval (Senate Joint Resolution 28), introduced
by Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.), would nullify the FCC's new rules if passed by Congress
and signed by the president. The House version of the resolution was introduced by Reps.
Jay Inslee (D-Wash.) and Dave Reichert (R-Wash.) in March.

Today, the Bush administration issued a statement opposing the resolution and threatening
to veto it. The statement called the FCC's new rules the product of "extensive public
comment and consultation" but failed to mention that only 1 percent of public comments
supported the administration's position.

Josh Silver, executive director of Free Press, which coordinates the StopBigMedia.com
Coalition, made the following statement:

"Today's historic Senate vote is a resounding victory for the vast majority of Americans
who oppose media consolidation. We applaud the bipartisan leadership of Senators Dorgan
and Snowe for acting in the public interest. But to stop Big Media from polluting our
local airwaves with more junk journalism and propaganda, we need the House to move this
legislation forward quickly.

"At this watershed moment, public outrage against Big Media has reached a breaking point.
The Bush administration's threats to undercut this bipartisan effort in Congress show how
out of touch this president is with the will of the American people. But we re not going
to stand idly by and let the White House green light Big Media's expansion. The great
pendulum of political change is swinging away from corrosive consolidation and toward
better media."