U.S. Senator Says America Would Be Better Off WIthout Fox News and MSNBC, and the FCC Should Take Action NY Times
At least one senator likes neither Fox News nor MSNBC, and wishes they'd both go away, reports Brian Stelter of The New York TImes.
It's Sen. Jay Rockefeller, a Democrat representing West Virginia.
According to the article, here's exactly what Sen. Rockefeller said during a Senate committee hearing on Wednesday, Nov 17, 2010: "“There’s a little bug inside of me which wants to get the FCC to say to Fox and to MSNBC, ‘Out. Off. End. Goodbye.’ It would be a big favor to political discourse; to our ability to do our work here in Congress; and to the American people, to be able to talk with each other and have some faith in their government and, more importantly, in their future.”
The Times notes that the Federal Communications Commission actually has little oversight on cable channels and, legally, probably could not do anything about the senator's complaint.
Sen. Rockefeller also called for cable to go to an a la carte pricing scheme. The Times quotes him as saying, "“The old adage of ‘500 channels and nothing on’ has never been so true as it is today,”