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FCC Hearing in Monterey
The FCC public hearing at the Conference Center in Monterey July 21 drew a full house and was hot with criticism of the FCC's recent deregulation efforts.
Davey D blasted Clear Channel with stories of his own experiences working at one of their stations. His common sense presentation drew heavy applause.
Local non-commercial news broadcaster Belva Davis moderated the open mic. Commissioner Abernathy chaired the meeting. Commissioner Copps won the audience over with his relatively strong stand for media regulation.
The Commissioners at the meeting were liberals who are applying pressure for regulation of mass media. The Republican majority in the FCC was conspicuous by its absence, particularly Chairman Michael Powell.
Jeff Perlstein is the director of Media Alliance, which worked hard for this event to be meaningful. MA has contributed a lot to the struggle to make media responsible to the communities they serve. MA declared Chairman Powell "A.W.O.L."
The chief of the Grade the News project, http://www.gradethenews.org, spoke. He presented eye-opening statistics.
This young man told the commissioners, "Go back to DC and make your rules–we will continue to break them."