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Posted by Mitchell - May 29, 2003 (entry 45)

Take a look at the new letter in the left-hand column (labelled "Help Fund Newspaper Ads"). It's an appeal for funds to help buy ads in newspapers about what the FCC is trying to pull off (and as I understand it, His Majesty Michael Powell was a no-show on Nightline last night).

Please read and contribute what you can.

Update: This isn't over. Here's an editorial from the Mouth of the South. Read it all the way to the end.

Update 2: Or is it over--for the other side..? I swear, John Nichols writes some pretty inspiring stuff:

Never before has an FCC decision become such a major issue. Never before have labor, religious, civil rights, civil liberties and journalists' organizations expressed such united anger at and opposition to the approach of the FCC to so vital an issue. And never before have citizen at the grass roots, in towns across the country, been so engaged in the struggle to assure that media consolidation does not choke off competition, diversity, localism and the democratic discourse that Americans cherish.

No matter what the FCC decides next Tuesday, the vote will be a historic one. If the rule changes are approved, it will be the last time that FCC gets away with choosing the corporate interest over the public interest. Or if they are rejected, it will be the first victory for [concerned citizen] Sheila Cohen, the women at that table in Madison and the millions of Americans who have decided that they will no longer allow the rules governing our airwaves and our communications to be written by the corporations the FCC is supposed to regulate.

The tide has turned. The only question is whether the members of the FCC will recognize the shift before or after June 2.

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