(Updated 5/8) Though the severely warped Barton-Rush
House telecom bill (H.R. 5252) passed in the commerce committee, there is much to be
hopeful about (click here). However, the corporate media, with the
possible exceptions of the Chicago Sun-Times
and the New
York Times, and only a couple others, are faltering
badly at detailing the destructive statutory provisions telecom
megaliths like SBC/AT&T want. Yet the legislative
process is obscured for other reasons as well and is in an
unpredictable state of flux. The free and nondiscriminatory flow of
communications is essential to the functioning of any democracy. These
things mandate our close attention.
Let's hope that we can look back and say that the Chicago Sun-Times helped begin to turn the tide on this awful bill and its Senate and other brethren. On Tuesday April 25th, I thanked the paper's Washington Bureau Chief Lynn Sweet for her excellent article that day on Barton-Rush (H.R. 5252). She responded to my request for Sun-Times followup on media reform issues in part by writing an article focusing on Rush's ethics and this in her blog:
"Rush, asked to explain whether he had a conflict in sponsoring telecommunications legislation in the wake of the grant, replied in a statement that the 'real conflict' stems from inequities in the telecommunications marketplace that hurt the poor."
Since his bill is geared primarily to relieving the "inequities" that hurt the telecos, apparently "pay-back" for the "poor" is coming through backdoor channels like his community center.
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It would help if more daily papers would monkey the Sun-Times and other outlets. It is truly sad that, to date, no mainstream coverage, except Sweet's April 25th article, details both Rush's ethics and those of the telcos.
Additional coverage of this issue available through local media here includes an editorial, a technical article, and a column by Mary Mitchell in the Chicago Sun-Times for a total of five "hits" there, and pieces in the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Tonight on WTTW-TV, NPR Morning Edition heard on WBEZ-FM, Cliff Kelley on WVON-AM, and Democracy Now!, available through CAN-TV, WRTE-FM, WLUW-FM and WZRD-FM. An AP wire story did originate out of Chicago.
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