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Safire: FCC Has ‘Opened the Floodgates’

Safire: FCC Has 'Opened the Floodgates'

“You should see this stack of mail.”
That’s New York Times columnist William Safire writing about the comments he has received from listeners and viewers about the FCC’s recent vote on media ownership.
Safire thinks the vote has “opened the floodgates to a wave of media mergers that will further crush local diversity and concentrate the power to mold public opinion in the hands of ever-fewer giant corporations.”
His take on the politics of the situation: Efforts to scale back or counter the FCC’s vote have “at least a chance” in the Senate, where some Republicans are likely to join Democrats in the effort. Although the House Commerce Committee under the GOP’s Billy Tauzin would be a tough nut, Safire wrote, “There may be some serious homeland-security angles to communications legislation that would be of interest to House conservatives and could form the basis of House-Senate cooperation.”