Senator Herb Kohl really needs to hear from local independent media and community voices in Wisconsin TODAY! If you choose to call Senator Feingold's office also, please thank him for his commitments to free speech and let him know you support this legislation.
Please contact him before the vote this evening and tell him you strongly support SJ28 on Media Cross Ownership limits. More info is below and in the link in the press release.
Please call his office asap at 202-224-5653 ask for Paul Bock, his Chief of Staff, or Chad Mitzler his and let Senator Kohl know you want him to support SJ28 to restore reasonable limits because they encourage diversity of voices in media options and access to free speech in America.
Please also forward to anyone you see missing from this list and discuss this in your forums so that all who may have an interest in acting on this issue can do so immediately!
Wisconsinites can make a difference! Make your call now and let me know about it at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ACLU Urges Restoration of Reasonable Limits on Media Cross-Ownership
For Immediate Release: May 15, 2005
Contact: Linda Paris or Liz Rose (202) 675-2312 or email@example.com
WASHINGTON, DC -- The ACLU urges members of Congress to support a resolution (S.J. Res 28), reversing the FCC’s Broadcast Cross-Ownership Rule.
The following can be attributed to Caroline Fredrickson, director of the ACLU’s Washington Legislative Office:
“The new rules create enough loopholes for the merger of just about any broadcast station with any newspaper in any market. The consequences of greater media consolidation are no small matter. The concentration of TV, radio and newspaper ownership means fewer and less diverse opinions over the public airwaves. As a result, citizens depend on more and more homogeneous news and information.
“Our democracy requires the participation of an informed citizenry. Journalism that fails to speak truth to corporate and government power hurts our ability to make sound choices as consumers and voters.
“Under the pre-December FCC rules, media companies had been already consolidated to the point that threatened our marketplace and public debate. Six major companies control most of the media in the country, including the most popular sites on the Internet. Three titans, Comcast, AOL and Time Warner, own 40 percent of households with cable and a single company owns 1200 radio stations.
“With passage of Senator Dorgan’s resolution, Congress will direct the FCC to prevent further consolidation. The Murdochs of the industry argue that further consolidation will offer Americans more media outlets over the Internet, TV, radio and print. But it is still a handful of corporations controlling everything we read, watch, listen to. We urge Congress to take the lead in returning the limits on media cross-ownership to their pre-December rules.”
Link to the ACLU’s letter urging passage of the joint resolution on broadcast ownership: http://www.aclu.org/freespeech/gen/34734leg20080401.html
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Deputy Director Legislative Communications
ACLU Washington Legislative Office
(202) 675-2303 direct
(202) 527-0040 mobile (Note NEW number)
(202) 675-2312 press line
Also go here for more info!