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Thursday, January 29, 2004
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At Viacom's Mercy


About a month ago I posted a bit about being at Murdoch's mercy, and the dangers of media consolidation. John Nichols at The Nation tackles the consolidation issue in light of CBS' censorship of MoveOn's anti-Bush ad:

CBS officials are still refusing to air a MoveOn.org Voter Fund commercial during Sunday's Super Bowl game because that the 30-second advertisement criticizes President Bush's fiscal policies. There is no question that the network's determination to censor critics of the president damages the political discourse. But the network has not exactly silenced dissent. In fact, CBS's heavy-handed tactics are fueling an outpouring of grassroots anger over the dominance of communications in the United States by a handful of large media corporations. More than 400,000 Americans have contacted CBS to complain already, and the numbers are mounting hourly.

At the same time, the controversy surrounding the censorship of the MoveOn ad has heightened Congressional concern about lobbying by CBS's owner, Viacom, and other media conglomerates to lift limits on media consolidation and monopoly. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, says CBS should be seen as: "Exhibit A in the case against media concentration."

As Bill Moyers observed: "media conglomeration...can take the oxygen out of democracy."

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