Friday, December 28, 2007

Democracy Now! | "Today’s Decision Would Make George Orwell Proud" -- FCC Commissioner Michael Copps on the FCC's Vote to Rewrite the Nation's Media Ownership Rules

Democracy Now! "Today’s Decision Would Make George Orwell Proud" -- FCC Commissioner Michael Copps on the FCC's Vote to Rewrite the Nation's Media Ownership Rules: "“Today’s Decision Would Make George Orwell Proud”—FCC Commissioner Michael Copps on the FCC’s Vote to Rewrite the Nation’s Media Ownership Rules "

"The Federal Communications Commission voted three-to-two on party lines last week to approve a measure that would increase media consolidation. The new rule pushed through by FCC Chairman Kevin Martin lifts a thirty-year old ban on companies seeking to own both a newspaper and television or radio station in the same city. Michael Copps was one of two FCC Commissioners to vote against the rule. [includes rush transcript]"

Frank J. Regan: What have we lost? We have lost more objectivity and thus more information about our environment. The question, as more Big Media which wants its own view of the state of our environment projected onto the masses, for the future is: Where are you going to find out exactly what is going on with our environment? Who will you trust? For in the future, you will always have to ask yourself: “Am I getting my information about the state of my environment, including information on Global Warming, from a bias source?” If you are being spun by a media source that has an agenda or ideology on the environment, you may find your way of life breaking down without knowing about it—until the point where you cannot do anything about it.

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