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Hinchey: Media Ownership Should be Bigger Than Partisanship

Hinchey: Media Ownership Should be Bigger Than Partisanship

Rep. Maurice Hinchey, D-N.Y., said in reaction to the new review of media ownership: “Chairman Kevin Martin has made it quite clear that he intends to overturn the existing rules, which are our last backstop against the concentration of print and broadcast media into the hands of a few major corporations.”
In a statement, Hinchey, who led the fight in the House against the FCC’s 2003 effort to relax media ownership rules, said the public made it clear then that it opposed relaxation of the media ownership rules, and that by waiting until he had a majority on the commission, the chairman has introduced “partisanship into an issue that is much bigger than politics.”
Hinchey is founder and chairman of the Future of American Media Caucus and the author of the Media Ownership Reform Act, which he believes would reduce media concentration if passed.