D.C. Follies, Part One: Markey Makes His Mark

Mar 15, 2004  •  Post A Comment

While it seems as though every politician in Washington is jumping on the media consolidation bandwagon, Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., is an exception. He’s been a strong proponent of the effort to limit media consolidation. To make his point, the congressman recently introduced an amendment before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. It read in part: “[FCC] commissioners who misguidedly supported the massive deregulation of media ownership shall be required to (1) take remedial courses in the civic importance of media diversity and localism and the informational needs of citizens of a great democracy; and (2) shall be required to watch the movie `Citizen Kane’ over and over again until they flinch at the word `Rosebud.”’ Having made his point, Rep. Markey immediately withdrew his amendment.