Ernest Hollings

Jan 20, 2003  •  Post A Comment

In one of his most impressive victories last year, Senate Ernest Hollings, D-S.C., went toeto toe with the Bush administration-and won. The issue: the GOP Department of Justice was attempting to usurp total authority over media mergers from the bipartisan Federal Trade Commission. Justice backed down under a torrent of rhetorical and legislative maneuvering. Sen. Hollings also is credited with using the bully pulpit to persuade NBC to pull the plug on a controversial decision to carry liquor advertising. As reported in EM, the senator informed the Peacock network that the Senate Commerce Committee, which Sen. Hollings chaired, would hold hearings and explore legislative options if the network didn’t back down. Industry sources said the lawmaker also used his clout to discourage Federal Communications Commission deregulatory moves by the Federal Communications Commission.