According to reports, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski is circulating an order at the FCC to lift the ban on one company owning daily newspapers and TV stations in the 20 largest media markets. And he wants to wrap up this massive giveaway just in time for the holidays.
What we need isn't more disastrous media consolidation. We need media that truly represent, as Barack Obama himself said not long ago, "all of the voices in our diverse nation." We won't get there if we fall back on the failed policies of the past.
Are we still talking about this whole phone-hacking scandal at News Corp.? Profits are up at News Corp. And, as Rupert Murdoch assured investors yesterday, "There can be no doubt about our commitment to ethics and integrity."
After years of clearly destructive consolidation and lawsuits, the FCC will hold a public hearing next week to debate modifying the existing anti-trust regulations for print and broadcast outlets. Does any of this matter any more?