“The ‘hearing’ has become a ‘forum,’ with an hour-long introductory performance, three 50-minute panel discussions and an hour for lunch. The panels are packed with “experts” – scholars, media executives, professional journalists, and inside-the-Beltway public interest advocates (read: lobbyists with consciences). In other words, these are the same people that have been discussing the issues of media ownership among themselves the whole f*cking time, mostly in private. …
“Just from a mathematical standpoint, the fact that only 90 minutes of this six-hour event is actually devoted to public comment sucks large ass and says a lot. It also validates a view I’ve held throughout this whole farce – that it is a farce.
“Folks, I hate to be a party pooper here, but the FCC committed to the changes it will make to the media ownership rules before this whole rulemaking even got rolling. The recent and sudden outburst of publicity and faux attention is window-dressing to give the changes a sense of legitimacy. …”
But, admit it, John, you love to be a party pooper.
According to the only press account of the “public forum” so far (according to Google News) it looks like indeed the same old tired arguments from the same lobbyists, corporate shills and pundits have been rolled out with little, if anything new. I haven’t had either the time nor the stomach to sit through the FCC’s webcast of the event, but perhaps we’ll be able to glean some more substantive highlights by tomorrow.