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Diverse Organizations from Around the Country Testify Against Media Consolidation

May 29, 2003

It’s the "McDonaldization of American media," warns FCC commissioner Johnathan Adelstein. "It’s the same everywhere you go: Big Mac, fries and a Coke."

From the National Rifle Association to the antiwar group, Code Pink, organizations around the country are speaking out against media consolidation.

On June 2nd, the FCC is poised to overhaul decades-old rules governing media ownership allowing for further consolidation.

Like the 1996 Telecommunications Act — the most significant media act in 50 years — the upcoming vote has received no attention in the mainstream corporate media.

The corporate media itself has jointly-filed comments supporting the deregulation.

Today we hear the latest gathering of journalistic organizations and other groups opposed to deregulation of media ownership rules.

The gathering took place on in Washington DC May 27th.

  • Jonathan Adelstein, FCC Commissioner
  • Wade Henderson, Executive Director, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights
  • Brent Bozell, President, Parents Television Council
  • Juan Gonzalez, President, National Association of Hispanic Journalists and co-host of Democracy Now!
  • Jerry Waldron, Network Affiliated Stations Alliance, representing more than 600 local TV stations affiliated with ABC, NBC and CBS networks
  • Terry O’Neill, Vice President, National Organization of Women
  • Chellie Pingree, President, Common Cause


Leadership Conference on Civil Rights

Parents Television Council

National Association of Hispanic Journalists

National Organization of Women

Common Cause