Posted by Mitchell - June 19, 2003 (entry 58)

This just came across the wire: Senate panel rejects FCC media rules

Where it goes from here is uncertain, and many hurdles, hoops and disappointments may lie in wait, but this is clearly a good sign.

Update: Bob McChesney sent an email with details:

There was a significant victory in the Senate Commerce Committee Thursday, June 19, as it voted to overturn key elements of the corrupt FCC decision to loosen media ownership rules on June 2. It is due almost entirely to the massive outpouring of public comments -- hundreds of thousand in just the past week -- opposing the idea of letting fewer media companies own more and more media.

We still have a difficult road ahead. Now the action goes to the entire Senate and the House of Representatives in the coming weeks where we will have to redouble our efforts to finish the job.

Go to for:

1. clear and comprehensive background information on the issues involved
2. a comprehensive collection of all news articles every day on the media ownership fight (and other media policy issues)
3. updated reports (at least daily) from Capitol Hill insiders on exactly where matters stand with regard to the media ownership fight
4. links to all the organized campaigns to tell members of Congress to represent the public interest, not the interests of massive corporate lobbies, when in come to media ownership rules.

Again, thanks for your help. This victory shows that if we organize, we can win.

Bob McChesney
Free Press

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