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FCC Chair May Weaken Rules To Let
Murdoch Buy LA Times & Chicago Tribune

By Dick Eastman


Murdoch Bought The Wall Street Journal And Dow Jones  -- Now Its The L.A. Times And Chicago Tribune.

When I was an undergraduate at Lake Forest College (30 miles north of Chicago a short wooded walk from Lake Michigan) I remember reading what was then a great newspaper - The Chicago Tribune -- almost as good as the Oakland Tribune when it was published by William Knowland (former speaker of the House in the days of Robert Taft -- they heyday of paleoconservative republicans like me.)   But like the great Readers Digest was long ago bought out by Lawrence Rockefeller and the great U.S. News and World Report was bought by Canadian Jew land speculator Mortimer Zuckerman  -- now we see the Chicago Tribune, while no longer the great newspaper it was, as well as the Los Angeles Times being bought by Ruppert Murdoch  -- who owns Fox News and the largest share of foreign owned broadcasting in Red China among a thousand other things.

When Fox interviews 9-11 Truthers it picks Jim Fetzer and Morgan Reynolds who say that no planes hit the WTC Towers!    The world "populist" is not permitted on Fox.  Discussion must always be between  "liberals and conservatives."  Repudiation is not a possibility on Fox.  Fox is propaganda all aimed at the straw man "liberals."

Ruppert Murdoch controls your thinking  - by virtue of media monopoly and money.  But even the "liberals" he opposes are fake opposition.  Liberal and Conservative are two puppets  who put on a show of fighting "Punch and Judy" style  -- while the real points of importance are never discussed  -- the real best alternative course of action never considered.  -- Dick Eastman



Murdoch Tries To Expand Empire
By Jordan Krueger

Rupert Murdoch, the guy who controls the Fox News Channel, wants to expand his empire, and he's not letting FCC regulations get in his way.

Embattled and under investigation in England for phone hacking, influence peddling and bribery, Murdoch has set his sights set on the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune, the major papers in the nation's second and third-largest cities, where Murdoch already owns several TV stations.1

Shockingly, President Obama's Federal Communications Commission is trying to change the rules so Murdoch can get exactly what he wants. Even worse, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski is hoping the agency can pass these changes without you noticing.

That's why we're joining our allies at Free Press and calling on the FCC to stop trying to change the rules for Rupert Murdoch.

Tell FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski: No more media consolidation for Murdoch. Click here to automatically sign the petition.

Murdoch's media grab would be illegal under the current rules. But Chairman Genachowski is pushing the other commissioners for changes that would translate into a giveaway for Murdoch and other media barons.2

These rule changes wouldn't just benefit Murdoch. If the FCC changes the rules, one company could own the major daily newspaper, two TV stations, and up to eight radio stations in your town. And that one company could be your Internet provider, too.

Sound familiar? It should the FCC is pushing the same Bush-era media consolidation policy that millions rallied against in 2003, and 2007, and was defeated in court just two years ago. The Senate even voted to overturn this consolidation policy back in 2008, rebuking runaway media concentration led by, among others, then-Senator Barack Obama.3

Tell FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski: No more media consolidation for Murdoch. Click here to automatically sign the petition.

Chairman Genachowski wants to ram these rules through without holding a single public hearing attended by all five FCC commissioners. He does doesn't even want to hold the vote in public.

These changes signal an astounding apathy toward diversity in media, which will result in fewer women and people of color on the airwaves. And with less independent and critical journalism we need to prevent abuses of power, we're at risk of more government and corporate corruption that goes unreported.4

The FCC could act at any time to demolish the rules that stop Murdoch's power grab.

1. Ronald Grover, "Murdoch Eyes L.A. Times, Chicago Tribune," Chicago Tribune, 10/20/2012.

2. John Eggerton, "FCC Proposes Loosening TV/Newspaper Cross-Ownership Ban ... Again." Broadcast & Cable, 11/14/2012.

3. [PDF] "A Change for the Worse."

4. John Eggerton, "FCC Report Shows Little Net Improvement in Ownership Diversity." Broadcast & Cable, 11/14/2012.




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