Friday, May 16, 2008

Big Media Smackdown!

I love it. Big news today on the oh-so-dry FCC front. Via Editor & Publisher:
Senate Votes to Roll Back Media-Ownership Rule

WASHINGTON--The Senate Thursday night voted to nullify a Federal Communications Commission rule that allows media companies to own a newspaper and a television station in the same market.

The unusual "resolution of disapproval," sponsored by Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., and 26 other senators, was approved by a voice vote. The measures sponsors include both Democratic candidates for president, Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York and Barack Obama of Illinois.

This is excellent news. Free-speech lovers have been worried about a massive takeover of our media by powerful, well-funded corporate interests like Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. and Clear Channel. This is vindication.

Of course, President Bush has promised to veto the bill. Absolutely predictable. But right now, I’m loving the Democratic majority in the Senate, and hoping we can make it a veto-proof majority in November.

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