FCC Sides with Big Media

In this update: 1. FCC votes for more media consolidation 2. Hearing on Impartial Justice bill postponed 3. Doyle called special session, but will he do any more? FCC Sides with Big Media

Email date: 12/18/07

In this update:
1. FCC votes for more media consolidation
2. Hearing on Impartial Justice bill postponed
3. Doyle called special session, but will he do any more?

Earlier today, the Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 to approve new rules designed to loosen restrictions on media ownership including the longstanding ban on cross-ownership prohibiting a local newspaper from owning a broadcast station in the same market.

This fight is far from over, but the focus of the battle now shifts to Congress, which has the power to throw out these rules. Take action now to make sure Congress protects the public interest and blocks the FCC’s assault on our democracy.

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The public hearing scheduled for Thursday, December 27 in an Assembly committee on the Impartial Justice bill (AB 250) has been cancelled after concerns about the hearing date’s proximity to Christmas were raised with the committee’s chair. The hearing will be rescheduled. Contact committee members to urge them to hold the hearing as soon as possible in January.

The Impartial Justice bill calls for full public financing of state Supreme Court races. Veteran political reporter and Milwaukee Magazine editor Bruce Murphy explains in vivid detail why it’s needed in his latest column.

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Longtime Capitol reporter Matt Pommer asks a key question. Governor Jim Doyle has called a special session on campaign finance and has put a reform plan on the table. But will he work for it? Will he fully use the powers of his office to make it happen? As Pommer says, the answer is unknown. But we’ll find out soon enough.

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All of us at the Democracy Campaign wish you a very happy holiday season and all the best in the new year.