Who Is the FCC’s Public?

The Washington Post reports on the rough makeup of the attendees at the FCC’s “public forum” on media ownership rules held yesterday in Richmond, VA:

“By midday, 195 of the People had made their way to the convention center here. One hundred nineteen of them were white men in suits; many of those men were grumbling about the trip down from Washington. Twenty-two people were scheduled to address the commission; 13 of them had traveled here from the District.”

Sounds more like a Communications Industry Retreat than a public forum.

Realistically, aside from well-funded lobbyists, who has the time and money to travel across the country to attend some FCC forum in Richmond? Maybe people who only live a couple of hours away and don’t mind missing some work.

Otherwise this qualifies as a public forum as much having the Supreme Court pick the President counts as democracy. Oh, wait…

3 Responses to Who Is the FCC’s Public?

  1. Local Dude March 1, 2003 at 5:23 pm #

    where did you find that awesome paul harvey marijuana mix? i have to get a copy of that!

  2. paul March 2, 2003 at 4:32 pm #

    you can get it here:
    http://artists.iuma.com/IUMA/Bands/Inclitorotti/

  3. Al C. April 18, 2008 at 2:10 pm #

    The washington lobby has the money, but focusing on the FCC distracts from the real culprits – the insurance industry. Note that insurance dominates the lobby in Washington politics. I don’t see this abating any time soon! Still, though, retreats are the sanbox of lobbyists, C-levels, wall street gamblers, and the rich and famous. The FCC is among this group 🙁

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