Genachowski To Congress: Pragmatism, Transparency And Enforcement
June 16, 2009 at 11:01 AM (PT)
FCC Chairman nominee JULIUS GENACHOWSKI seemed to mollify the pet causes of several members of the Senate Commerce Committee, telling Senators that the FCC he'll chair will enforce indecency laws, not take up the Fairness Doctrine, not have a secret agenda and be wary of continued media consolidation.
By the end of his appearance, according to the WALL STREET JOURNAL, "GENACHOWSKI was lauded by both Republicans and Democrats at the hearing, signaling he will have little difficulty getting confirmed."
As for the pet issues, Committee chairman JAY ROCKEFELLER seemed especially irked at previous CHairman KEVIN MARTIN's alleged secret agenda to enact a special-interest-friendly agenda "Fix the agency or we will fix it for you," he warned. "Show that it is not battered beyond repair ... "The FCC should be a model for transparency, openness and fairness,"
According to THEWRAP.COM, ROCKEFEELER and Sen. KAY BAILEY HUTCHISON both pressed the Chairman-designate on indecency enforcement. "I am a parent who is also concerned about people see on TV," GENACHOWSKI said. "The FCC's job is to enforce the law, and it will enforce the law around indecency."
He also refused to support any attempt to reintroduce the Fairness Doctrine, but was less trident on consolidation. "Excessive consolidation needs to be paid attention to, but we don't want to ignore changes in the marketplace," he said.
To summarize his approach, GENACHOWSKI stated, "I learned the power of pragmatism and the danger of dogma."