BIG MEDIA RULINGS

 

Senate Committee Votes to Throw Out FCC RulesThe Senate Commerce Committee passed a “resolution of disapproval” that would veto the FCC’s latest attempt to dismantle longstanding media ownership limits.

Free Press

 

Senate Panel Rejects New Media Ownership Rule

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

 

 

 

 

Senate Commerce Committee Passes Resolution to Block FCC Rule Change

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

 

 

 

 

Newsday Suitors Wait to See If Deal Flies

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

 

 

 

 

Sad Day for Journalism if Murdoch Swallows 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’s Newspaper Addiction

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

 

  

Stop the FCC’s Big Handout to Big Media

Use Publicly Owned Airwaves Wisely

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.

Detroit News

 

 

 

 

Save the Web

We need an internet that has enough regulation to prevent the giant telecom companies from changing its fundamental workings.

Reno News & Review

 

 

 

 

FCC Chairman Calls Comcast Liar, Critics Pile On

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

 

 

 

 

FCC Stanford Hearing

“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

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

 

 

 

 

Virgin CEO Wants to ‘Engage’ on Neutrality

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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TV’s Response to Pentagon Propaganda? Never Happened

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

 

 

 

 

A 7,600-Word Disappearing Act

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

 

 

 

 

Public Needs Straight Talk on Defense Matters, Not Spin

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.

Asheville Citizen-Times

 

 

 

 

Sleeping with the Enemy

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

 

 

 

 

Old Journalists, New Plan

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

 

 

 

 

Pay No Attention to the Media Behind the Curtain

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

 

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