Bill Moyers Interviews Free Press President Craig Aaron About the FCC's Big Media Giveaway

The Federal Communications Commission has been gearing up to deliver a holiday present to News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch, who’s been jonesing to buy the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune.

The current ownership rules stand in his way, so FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has been operating behind closed doors to gut these rules and pave the way for Murdoch — and likeminded media moguls — to own the daily newspaper, two TV stations and up to eight radio stations in the same market.

Free Press and other public interest groups — along with a range of civil rights groups — have been pushing the FCC to stop this giveaway to media corporations. And we’ve got the ear of veteran journalist Bill Moyers, who interviewed Free Press President and CEO Craig Aaron for his weekly Q&A column.

“I think the chairman of the FCC thinks it’s his job to just negotiate between companies,” Aaron told Moyers. “And this is an opportunity to remind him that this is actually not his job. His job is to promote diversity. His job is to promote competition. His job is to promote consumer choice. That is not something he has always seen as part of his job, but this is really the time for him to learn that lesson.” 

Click here to read Bill Moyers’ interview with Craig Aaron.

And tell the FCC: no more media for Murdoch.

 

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