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FCC Democrats Again Criticize Chairman

Dec 12, 2007  •  Post A Comment

Democratic FCC commissioners Michael J. Copps and Jonathan S. Adelstein are blasting agency chairman Kevin J. Martin’s move to proceed with an FCC media ownership vote next week.
In a statement the two issued Wednesday night, on the eve of a Senate Commerce Committee hearing into the ownership issue, they called the vote “a huge mistake.”
“The FCC should have heeded the calls of Congress and the American people to conduct a credible process on an issue of this importance to our very democracy,” they said. “That means providing a meaningful opportunity for public input, rather than the callous disregard exhibited thus far—most recently, the chairman circulated a draft decision on his proposal two weeks before public comment was even due! And it means taking meaningful action on minority and female ownership and broadcast localism, rather than the mish-mash of half-baked ideas currently before us.”
The two said they had been “engaged in internal discussions to try to get our processes back on track. We wish those discussions had led to better results. At this point, given the lateness of the hour, we hope that either we can turn this around internally, or that Congress can save the FCC from itself.”

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