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(77,445 posts)
Tue Dec 4, 2012, 08:04 AM Dec 2012

Bill Moyers: FCC Moves Towards More Media Consolidation

FCC Moves Towards More Media Consolidation

December 3, 2012
by Bill Moyers

The Federal Communications Commission is set to vote to relax a longstanding ban that prevents one company from owning radio and television stations and newspapers in the same city — a move that activists are calling a giant Christmas present to Rupert Murdoch. The media titan has floated the idea of buying The Chicago Tribune and The Los Angeles Times, the dominant papers in cities where he already owns TV stations. What’s worse, the FCC is operating behind closed doors, rather than inviting public comment on the issue.

So Craig Aaron, president and CEO of Free Press, is asking people to speak out — by signing a petition, writing an editorial and calling congressmen. Aaron and his organization have been among those leading the charge against increased media monopolization. Similar attempts to change ownership rules were thwarted in 2003 and 2007. Earlier today, Bill Moyers caught up with Aaron via Skype to learn more about the current proposal and what viewers can do to help stop it.

Bill Moyers: Craig Aaron, tell us what you know about this FCC ruling that’s under consideration?

Craig Aaron: Well, what I know is that, according to all trade reports, the Federal Communications Commission is considering moving very quickly to get rid of longstanding limits on how much media one company can own in a town. And if they go with the plan that they’re currently considering, it would open the door to one company owning the daily newspaper, two television stations, eight radio stations, possibly even your internet service provider — all in one community. These are the exact same rules that are preventing someone like Rupert Murdoch of Fox News from owning The Chicago Tribune or owning The Los Angeles Times. If these rules go away, suddenly deals like that become possible.

Moyers: Why the rush?

Aaron: I have no idea, to be honest, Bill. These are rules that they have tried to push through in the past, back in 2003, again in 2007, and it has failed at every turn. It simply has not gone through. It’s been thrown out by the courts, rejected by Congress, and all of the sudden at the tail end of Obama’s first term, we’re seeing it again. ...................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://billmoyers.com/2012/12/03/fcc-moves-towards-more-media-consolidation/

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Bill Moyers: FCC Moves Towards More Media Consolidation (Original Post) marmar Dec 2012 OP
How the plutocracy works: they just keep pushing their agenda over and over and over, HiPointDem Dec 2012 #1
So True! They count on everyone thinking the matter is over or resolved... October Dec 2012 #7
The Rush... KharmaTrain Dec 2012 #2
Link to sign petition: rgbecker Dec 2012 #3
Done. Signed the petition. Berlum Dec 2012 #4
Ditto. Jackpine Radical Dec 2012 #5
FCC is losing it's relevance! rickyhall Dec 2012 #6
The people are restless, so the media grab is necessary. woo me with science Dec 2012 #8
Worth repeating, bvar22 Dec 2012 #9
You nailed it, woo me with science. Uncle Joe Dec 2012 #10
GWB's first swing was at the protections against media consolodation. joeunderdog Dec 2012 #11
Kick woo me with science Dec 2012 #12
Kick nt wtmusic Dec 2012 #13
I could be wrong, but it appears the FCC is dominated by people the FCC is supposed to regulate. Selatius Dec 2012 #14


(20,729 posts)
1. How the plutocracy works: they just keep pushing their agenda over and over and over,
Tue Dec 4, 2012, 08:10 AM
Dec 2012

no matter how many times it's rejected. They have the money and power to do so, and bit by bit they get what they want.


(31,706 posts)
2. The Rush...
Tue Dec 4, 2012, 08:19 AM
Dec 2012

...is that the value of newspapers and most broadcast properties have been sinking since the rise of the internet a decade ago and this is a desperation move by the corporates to try to stop the bleeding in the loss of assets and rising debts, but it...as all "dereg" ideas are very short-sighted.

As more and more people turn to the internet and other sources for information and entertainment, the corporates control has lessened greatly as has the values of their properties. Most of these corporates saw the bottom fall out on their artificially high stock prices and have been struggling to recoup their previous position. In short...the clock is ticking on newspapers and the large broadcast chains as billions of dollars in debt needs to be addressed and soon. They think the old game of more "dereg" being the fix to their short-term financial messes won't fly this time...

woo me with science

(32,139 posts)
8. The people are restless, so the media grab is necessary.
Tue Dec 4, 2012, 10:58 AM
Dec 2012

They are going after the internet, too.

Have we had enough yet, America?


(39,909 posts)
9. Worth repeating,
Tue Dec 4, 2012, 05:24 PM
Dec 2012
The people are restless, so the media grab is necessary.

After a solid year of campaigning that dominated the airwaves, Print Media, AND the Internet,
what is significant are the Important Issues that did NOT get mentioned or discussed in the National Media,
or by either Political Party.

*The Very Expensive and Failed War on Drugs
(A few states WERE successfully able to breakthrough the Media and Party blackout on this issue as far as using MJ was concerned,
but the monumental ongoing national failure of the War on Drugs was never discussed.)

*The Expansion of the perpetual "War Time" Powers of the Unitary Executive for a War on a Word.
When "Terror" is finally defeated, will the Unitary Executive surrender these new supra-Constitutional Powers?

*The NDAA, The Patriot Act, The Homeland Security Dept, and the growing Surveillance/Police State

*The Privatization, Militarization and National Co-Ordination of local Police Departments

*The growing Private Prison Industrial Complex

*The War in Afghanistan (superficially mentioned in one debate, basically glossed over)

*The Expansion of the War on Terror and US Military operations in other sovereign countries

*The destruction of America's Working Class due to unregulated International Trade (so called "Free Trade&quot

*The ongoing Privatization of our Public Schools

*The ongoing Privatization of everything else

*The Privatization of our Vote Counting and Election Reporting mechanisms
(Voter Suppression WAS a topic, but not the lack of transparency and accountability of the elections themselves)

*A remedy for "Too-Big-to-Fail" (can't believe THIS was NEVER mentioned)

*The Environment & Global Climate Change

*An HONEST discussion of Wealth Disparity, and the widening gap.
(a 3.5% increase on the Top Bracket is NOT going to change anything
but does make for good Kabuki Theater.)

Our Media has become monolithic and so easy to control by TPTB that important issues that affect our daily life and basic democracy can be eliminated from the Public Debate and Public Consciousness as long as BOTH dominant Political Parties AGREE.

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You will know them by their WORKS,
not by their rhetoric, promises, or excuses.
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(2,563 posts)
11. GWB's first swing was at the protections against media consolodation.
Tue Dec 4, 2012, 06:05 PM
Dec 2012

It was how he sold a $2T illegal war!

There is no end to what kind of an impact this has on how Americans see issues.

Read "Blinded by the Right." Getting control of the media is the first part of the grand plan. The media, the judicial appointments, the laws, the elections, the world--pretty much in that order.


(20,441 posts)
14. I could be wrong, but it appears the FCC is dominated by people the FCC is supposed to regulate.
Wed Dec 12, 2012, 03:23 AM
Dec 2012

"Regulatory capture" is an issue in government at many levels.

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