A BAD IDEA persists. The Federal Communications Commission is once again expected to seek a weakening of media-ownership rules in the nation's 20 largest markets.
Allowing the consolidation of newspapers and television stations or radio stations ignores the diversity of America – a grievous mistake, as politicians have learned.
When a country is one-third minority, and people of color own only 3 percent of its full-power, commercial television stations, something is wrong, said former FCC Commissioner Michael Copps in a September speech to the National Association of Black-Owned Broadcasters. Not only are the numbers askew. They make our culture askew.
A fact sheet produced by Common Cause, where Copps continues his opposition to media consolidation, lays out the grim statistic that six major companies control most of the U.S. media.
Consolidation limits the opportunity for women and minority ownership, and compromises local journalism, as it serves the interests of corporate America to the detriment of ordinary citizens.
The Seattle Times