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Free Press: Martin Evades Tough Questions on Media Ownership

DECEMBER 13, 2007
2:30 PM

CONTACT: Free Press
Jen Howard,
(202) 265-1490, x22

Martin Evades Tough Questions on Media Ownership

WASHINGTON, DC - December 13 -- Today, all five members of the Federal Communications Commission were grilled on media ownership at a Senate Commerce Committee oversight hearing.

Ben Scott, policy director of Free Press, made the following statement:

“Despite intense opposition from members of both parties, Chairman Martin still hasn’t answered why unchecked media consolidation is good for the American people — or why he’s in such a hurry.

“With the big giveaway to Tribune out of the way, and issues of media diversity and localism left unaddressed, Martin simply cannot justify his rush to gut media ownership rules by Dec. 18.

“His continued evasion and double-speak on this critical issue is an insult to the 99 percent of the public who have spoken out against letting Big Media get even bigger. This broken and corrupt process has been a sham.”

Watch the Commerce Committee hearing


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