Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 1 Share on Twitter 3 Share on LinkedIn Share on Reddit Tell A Friend Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites
Exclusive to OpEdNews:
OpEdNews Op Eds

Time to Occupy the FCC?

By   Follow Me on Twitter     Message Sue Wilson       (Page 1 of 1 pages)     Permalink    (# of views)   2 comments

Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; ; ; ; , Add Tags
Add to My Group(s)

Must Read 3   News 3   Valuable 2  
View Ratings | Rate It Headlined to H4 12/1/11

Author 54611
Become a Fan
  (8 fans)
- Advertisement -

What is it going to take to make the federal agency tasked with protecting the public interest in broadcasting actually listen to the public?   An uprising of three million people?   A directive from President Obama?   An order from the second highest court in the land?   We've seen all of that, and still nothing has worked.   It may be time to Occupy the FCC.   But I digress.

Typical FCC Response
(Image by
  Permission   Details   DMCA

Just before the big Thanksgiving holiday, the Federal Communications Commission leaked information that they are once again reviewing the broadcast media ownership rules, and that -- get this -- they intend to leave local TV and Radio ownership rules in place, and plan to move ahead with the same newspaper-broadcast cross-ownership rules that Republican chair Kevin Martin put into place. 

- Advertisement -

But wait, don't they remember the 3 million people who wrote them in 2005, saying they want more owners of fewer radio and TV stations, not the other way around?  Or what about President Obama's January 2009 directive, originally reported in BradBlog, that we need to diversify media ownership?   Or the recent Third Circuit Court of Appeals ruling specifically surrounding the newspaper cross ownership issue, which said the FCC had not properly listened to the public, and that they must do so before making such a rule?   

What is it Charlie Brown says every time Lucy pulls the football out from underneath him?     


It gets worse.   True to form, the FCC quietly announced that there will be an FCC hearing about media ownership rules held in Atlanta, Georgia December 1.   They announced the forum in their Daily Digest the day after Thanksgiving, just 6 days before the public event.   The hearing will be the last public event held before the final notice of proposed rulemaking for 2010 Quadrennial Ownership Review is released, the last opportunity for the public to make comments about OUR public airwaves for the next four years!

- Advertisement -

It is clear the FCC does not want to hear from the very public it serves.

So I am not kidding about Occupying the FCC.  

More.   Soon.



- Advertisement -

Must Read 3   News 3   Valuable 2  
View Ratings | Rate It

Sue Wilson tells important stories which move politicians to act. The Emmy winning director of the media reform documentary "Broadcast Blues" and editor of, Sue recently founded the Media Action Center. Wilson was 1987's (more...)

Sue Wilson Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Follow Me on Twitter     Writers Guidelines
Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Right Wing Hit Media 400: "Disabling Journalism to Destroy Progressive Thought"

Why We Occupy Clear Channel

Putting Talk Radio on Trial at the FCC

Bill Maher: The Fix to Fact Free Media - (Could it be Too Late?)

Rush Limbaugh: Not the Only One with First Amendment Rights

When Radio Lies, Our Culture Dies