Feingold Tells FCC It's 'Rushing' On Ownership Rules
November 20, 2007 at 5:47 AM (PT)
Sen. RUSS FEINGOLD (D-WI) has written to FCC Chairman KEVIN MARTIN, expressing his concern about the FCC's moving ahead regarding the media-ownership rules. FEINGOLD writes, "I am concerned that the commission appears to again be rushing this proceeding with inadequate or selectively chosen information." In fact, he claims the FCC, "may even be selectively collecting and releasing information to support its pre-conceived agenda."
Writes FEINGOLD, "I ask the FCC to, at a minimum, complete the separate localism proceeding prior to making decisions on the current media-ownership rules. This proceeding should provide ample opportunity for the public to comment on any conclusions or proposed rule changes."
I am concerned that the commission appears to again be rushing this proceeding with inadequate or selectively chosen information.
FEINGOLD says the FCC "admitted to deciding not to release two reports that raised questions about potential negative impacts from further media consolidation," then cites a report by the FCC's Office of Inspector General in which a previous FCC Media Bureau Chief is quoted as saying he didn't want to release the "Review of the Radio Industry, 2003" report "unless the story can be told in a much more positive way," and adding, "This is not the time to be stirring the 'radio consolidation' pot."
FEINGOLD said he strongly supports Sen. BYRON DORGAN's Media Ownership Act, which would require a separate localism proceeding and the formation of a diversity task force before the FCC can vote on any changes to the ownership rules.