Imagine stopping by Barnes & Noble to pick up a book for your niece. You search around for a book by a woman of color. But when you finally choose one, the store insists you buy 11 other novels along with it.
With news today that the Tribune Company has agreed to acquire 19 television stations from Local TV Holdings LLC, making it one of the largest TV station owners in the nation, we are seeing a dramatic escalation of media consolidation.
Tom Wheeler, the White House’s pick to head the Federal Communications Commission, was for years a well-heeled lobbyist for cable and wireless companies. He also served the president’s 2008 and 2012 election campaigns as a top “bundler,” raising more than $700,000 from undisclosed donors in support of Obama.
When President Obama nominated Tom Wheeler as the next chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, he praised him as the "Bo Jackson of telecom" — because he's been an all-star in two industries.