Friday, January 26, 2007
FCC Squashes Facts To Help Big Business
The FCC is not a tool of big business. It's supposed to work for the American people. And one of the most important and far-reaching issues it deals with is media diversity: how are communities and our country (and our democracy) best served? By multinational corporations owning multiple TV, radio and newspaper outlets in the same markets and by owning huge networks of them all over then country? Or by diversity, with local newspapers and TV stations owned more often by local owners that serve the local community? The answer isn't hard to guess, but when FCC researchers found out that locally owned TV stations did more local coverage, their reports were squashed by the Bush administration because it wanted to hand over more power to big business. It's the latest example of the Bush administration hating facts. Will anyone notice they've done it again?