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Urgent: Last Chance to Stop the FCC

This Monday, FCC Chair Michael Powell will hold his vote on media consolidation.
This Monday, FCC Chair Michael Powell will hold his vote on media
consolidation. There's nothing special about that date -- it's
totally arbitrary. The vote will conclude a process which has shown
deliberate disregard for the views and opinions of the American
people. Powell has refused to even release the actual language of
the rule change -- it won't be known until after the vote. And he's
only held a single meeting to hear the views of the public. Even when
a bipartisan group of Senators requested that he give Congress some
time to discuss the impact of this change, Powell brushed them off.

Chairman Powell still has the power to delay the rule change and allow
time to have a democratic debate about its consequences. Please call
him today and ask him to allow a real public debate on an issue of
such massive importance.

You can reach Powell's office at:
(202) 418-1000

Once you've made your call, please let us know at:
moveon.org/fcccall.html

Our momentum is clearly building: our advertising campaign with Common
Cause and Free Press has received a great deal of media attention.
Powell was personally quizzed about our Murdoch TV ad on CNBC on
Wednesday. A front page article in the Washington Post highlighted
our petition and advertisements as important pieces of the groundswell
of concern on this issue. Articles in the New York Times, San
Francisco Chronicle, and even the Guardian in the UK discussed the
ads. (Links to some of the articles are below.) Hundreds of thousands
of comments have been delivered to the FCC, and we've been told that
Powell's aides are "stunned" by the amount of anti-consolidation mail
they've received. Together, we have put the FCC Chair on the
defensive.

Even if Powell doesn't reschedule the rule change vote, getting
thousands of calls into his office will send a strong message that the
public is watching him. Powell doesn't appreciate this kind of
pressure: in a recent interview, he said that "I think we're one of
the most heavily lobbied federal institutions in the government,
probably second only to the United States Congress. I don't, by the
way, think that's a particularly good thing." We need to remind him
that public involvement in decision making is what democracy is all
about.

Call FCC Chair Michael Powell now at:
(202) 418-100

It's not too late to do this process right.

Sincerely,
--Eli Pariser
MoveOn.org
May 30th, 2003

P.S. Our fight is only just beginning. Members of Congress have heard
our concern, and it looks like legislation with bipartisan support to
remedy this rule change is in the works. We'll keep you posted on
future opportunities to make a difference on this issue.

P.P.S. Here's some of the press we've recently received on this issue:

FCC PLAN TO ALTER MEDIA RULES SPURS GROWING DEBATE
by Frank Ahrens
Washington Post
Wednesday, May 28, 2003
www.moveon.org/r

ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN AGAINST MURDOCH AS US MEDIA OWNERSHIP LAWS FACE
RELAXATION
by David Teather
The Guardian
Friday, May 30, 2003
www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,966694,00.html

PUTTING A FACE TO A CAUSE
By David D. Kirkpatrick
New York Times
Thursday, May 29, 2003
www.moveon.org/r

For more info, check out our bulletin on this subject:
www.moveon.org/moveonbulletin/bulletin12.html

Voice4Change
Changing Hearts and Minds
www.voice4change.org
 
 


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