Wednesday, November 7, 2007

HIGHEST PRIORITY MESSAGE FOR WASHINGTON RESIDENTS CONCERNED ABOUT BIG MEDIA CONSOLODATION:

The clock is ticking.
There is still time to stop the big media consolidation, but we have to act fast.

Last Thursday, we asked you to pressure Congress to shine the light on the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) backroom deals that would make Big Media even bigger.

Well, last Friday FCC Chairman Kevin Martin scheduled the Seattle hearing, the last of six hearings nationwide on media consolidation, for this Friday, November 9th. This only gives us a one week notice.

It seems like they are trying to silence the opposition. Tell Chairman Martin to back down, and stop the roll back to media reform rules by showing up to the hearing and making your voice heard. RSVP to attend the hearing or submit your comments for the hearing by clicking here:
http://washpirg.org/WA.asp?id=2484&id4=ES

Trying to cut the public out of the process is unacceptable. Two of our biggest allies in the FCC, Commissioners Copps and Adelstein stated on Friday, "A hearing with only five days notice is no nirvana for Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. This smells like mean spirit."

We couldn't agree more. Show up to Seattle's hearing on Friday, November 9th from 4-11 PM at the Town Hall.

WHAT: FCC Hearing on Media Consolidation
WHEN: 4-11 PM
LOCATION: Town Hall Seattle
Great Hall
1119 Eighth Avenue (at Seneca Street)
Seattle, WA 98101

Please RSVP by hitting the link below and we'll send you information on testimony workshops that are being organized by our friends at Reclaim the Media.
http://washpirg.org/WA.asp?id=2484&id4=ES

What's at stake?

The FCC is about to rewrite the federal media ownership rules to give more power to Big Media companies like Clear Channel and Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. FCC Chairman Kevin Martin even wants to allow a single company to combine local newspaper, TV and radio stations under one roof - and under single editorial control. These changes would further devastate on-air diversity of opinion and quality local news and elections coverage.

But this week, we have a rare chance to fight back. The FCC is holding the last of just six public hearings nationwide on the issue at Seattle's Town Hall this Friday, Nov. 9, from 4pm to 11pm. This will be our only chance to weigh in on proposals that would allow giant media companies to grow even more concentrated.

Come to the hearing on November 9th and make your voice heard. If you can't make it to the hearing, we can deliver your comments directly to the FCC.
http://washpirg.org/WA.asp?id=2484&id4=ES

Sincerely,

Blair Anundson
WashPIRG
BAnundson@washpirg.org
http://www.WashPIRG.org

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