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Help Stop Media Consolidation

stopsigns.jpgEarlier in the month, I tried to highlight the FCC chairman Kevin Martin’s plan to rush through a media consolidation bonanza to further the cause of corporate media stranglehold at the expense of minority and small media ownership.  The Seminal has more on the problem, including the fact that Kevin Martin has scheduled a vote for Dec. 18th:

Rule changes such as the one Martin is proposing are designed to further consolidate media ownership into the hands of the powerful few. Free Press conducted a study which found that while minorities make up 33% of the U.S. population, they make up just 3.26% of all TV station owners. Download the full study as a PDF here….

Senators Byron Dorgan (D-SD) and Trent [Lott] (R-MS) have introduced legislation which would require the FCC to remedy the relative lack of minority media ownership before implementing any rule changes. Cosponsors already include Obama, Clinton, Biden, Kerry and Durbin. Where are Dodd, Feingold, Sanders and the other progressive leaders in the Senate? Use this simple form to write your Senators today, asking them to support S.2332, the Media Ownership Act of 2007.

Common Cause says it well: “It’s eerily similar to what happened in 2003, when Michael Powell’s FCC voted for rules to allow massive media consolidation without public input… It seems that Kevin Martin hasn’t learned his lesson. He wants to lock the public out of this decision. That’s not acceptable.”

Contact the FCC now and tell them you are opposed to their plans to relax media ownership limits. The vote is scheduled for December 18th, please do this now.

Because what we do not need is more consolidated control of the media in even fewer hands.  Watch this Bill Moyers report on an FCC public hearing in Seattle last week.  And check out the information at StopBigMedia.  And this useful piece from E&P.

Contact Information for the FCC:

1-888-225-5322 (1-888-CALL FCC) Voice: toll-free
1-888-835-5322 (1-888-TELL FCC) TTY: toll-free
1-866-418-0232 FAX: toll-free

Federal Communications Commission
445 12th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20554

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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