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My Congressman is a stooge for big media - Is yours? Check this list...

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I just found out what my Member of Congress has been spending his time doing. I came across an article about him along with a group of mostly Democratic Members writing an official letter of petition. But not regarding any of the issues most important to the American people like the war, electoral reform, corruption, health care, or even education - instead, the letter was recommending approval of the satellite radio mega-merger to benefit media titans XM and Sirius radio. The article was on the Forbes business site [click here] and portrayed the merger as "unlikely", making even more ponderous the reason why Congress is taking time and taxpayer money to cheerlead for the deal.

If I had to guess, I'd say this petition was signalling the same unfortunate trend of large corporations buying our Reps and tricking them out as lobbyists for particular business deals that benefit the same puppetmaster donors.

It's particularly spurious when the corporations in question are media conglomerates which so often whitewash news and events that do not complement their political agenda.

My Congressman in particular has a sorry history when it comes to votes on major legislation regulating big media. Despite significant outcry, he voted yes for the COPE bill which, among other things would eradicate net neutrality and allow cable companies to decide which websites you have full access to. If you value OpEdNews, you'll vote these snakey Reps out before they shut down the voices of real Americans.

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The letter was signed by Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-GA), Rep. Corrine Brown (D-FL), Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY), Rep. Danny Davis (D-IL), Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), Rep. Ralph Hall (R-TX), Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL), Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Rep. Greg Meeks (D-NY), Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL), and Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-NY).

 

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