White media owners have always controlled our nation’s media system — putting forth a racial narrative that criminalizes people of color and supports the goals of white supremacy. This narrative has been present since the first colonial newspapers were published — and it continues in the images we see on our TVs and computer screens today.
Earlier this week, on the CNN show New Day, Houck claimed that Black people are “prone to criminality.” This is a flat-out lie, yet anchor Chris Cuomo did little to question or negate Houck’s racist assertion.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler recently visited Philadelphia to participate in two closed meetings with community leaders on diversity in media ownership and Internet access in schools and libraries. He's been reluctant to participate in events that are open to the public.