House Report Rips Martin's Management Of FCC
December 9, 2008 at 12:38 PM (PT)
The HOUSE COMMERCE COMMITTEE released its report on the FCC and its operations under Chairman KEVIN MARTIN, and ripped the agency for being politicized and MARTIN for micromanaging and undermining the regulatory process. The report, called "Deception and Distrust," said that MARTIN committed "egregious abuses of power," but it falls short, however, of accusing MARTIN or the Commission of breaking the law or any rules.
Committee Chairman JOHN DINGELL (D-MI) and Oversight Subcommittee Chairman BART STUPAK (D-MI) released the report TODAY (12/9). Among the report's accusations are that MARTIN manipulated reports to influence Congressional debate on "a la carte" cable channel sales and cable regulation, and that his "heavy-handed, opaque, and non-collegial management style has created distrust, suspicion and turmoil among the five current commissioners."