A Senate committee voted to nullify a recently approved FCC rule that allows media companies to own a newspaper and a television station in the same market.
John Dunbar, Associated Press
The Senate Commerce Committeeapproved without debate a resolution sponsored by Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) to invalidate the FCC’s decision to loosen the newspaper-broadcast cross-ownership rules.
John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable
With media mogul Rupert Murdoch treating his reported purchase of Newsday as a fait accompli, other potential purchasers are said to be buttressing their offers or waiting in the wings should regulators shoot down News Corp.’s bid.
Mark Harrington and Thomas Maier, Newsday
What is the point of FCC regulation and antitrust theory if one man can rule the roost in even the nation’s largest media market with no restrictions on his acquisitiveness?
Ruth Hochberger, Huffington Post
Rupert Murdoch is a) addicted to newspapers, b) addicted to power, c) needs to break the rules, or d) all of the above.
Lauren Rich Fine, PaidContent
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The FCC has a chance to expand wireless and Internet opportunities for millions of Americans. And it should do so by allocating frequencies available after TV stations switch from analog to digital in February.
We need an internet that has enough regulation to prevent the giant telecom companies from changing its fundamental workings.
Reno News & Review
Comcast has lied about how and why it blocks peer-to-peer Internet traffic, and may be lying in its promise to stop some of its practices by year end, said the FCC Chairman Kevin Martin.
Richard Adhikari, eCommerce Times
“I am extremely uncomfortable with the idea that my ability to speak my mind to whoever wants to hear is a matter of corporate grace rather than constitutional right,” Harold Feld told FCC Commissioners.
Ryan Blethen, Seattle Times
Maybe the FCC can handle the truth. It looks as if the Commission is preparing to take some action against Comcast.
Art Brodsky, Public Knowledge
Cable providers must engage with issues such as Net Neutrality, privacy, copyright and child protection, Virgin CEO Neil Berkett told an industry conference.
Dave West, Digital Spy
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The quest for quality journalism and for the truth about the fast sell on the Iraq war just hit a new low. And today, in the ensuing days, our loyal Bush lapdog news outlets are either dismissing the damning revelation or pretending it never happened.
Josh Silver, Huffington Post
The New York Times story about the Pentagon pundits has implications of illegal government propaganda and, possibly, improper financial gains. But the story has all but disappeared from the media that allowed it to happen.
Barry Sussman, Nieman Watchdog
A front-page story in Sunday’s New York Times regarding the Pentagon’s behind-the-scenes machination of on-air military analysts offers a sad commentary on the state of the media, the state of the government and the state of civic engagement.
Are the cable network’s execs suffering from collective amnesia? Do they not remember the extremely distant relationship Tony Snow had with the truth during his time as President Bush’s mouthpiece?
Arianna Huffington, Huffington Post
A new attempt at online journalism has launched in St. Louis. But its creators aren’t following the usual mode setting out on a wing and a prayer, betting that notice and funding will come their way before the operation collapses.
Michael Miner, Chicago Reader
Reporters are not merely conduits for the campaign’s discourse; they create the campaign’s discourse as much as the candidates themselves.
Paul Waldman, American Prospect