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Ryan Blethen discusses the press, media and democracy. Daily Democracy is part of the Democracy Papers, a series of articles, essays and editorial opinion examining threats to our freedoms of speech and the press.

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December 10, 2007 3:55 PM

Dysfunction at the FCC

Posted by Ryan Blethen

Jim Puzzanghera of the Los Angeles Times has a story today about how dysfunctional the Federal Communications Commission is under the leadership of Kevin Martin. Not a revelation for anybody that has been following the commission. Puzzanghera got some disturbing insider quotes, like:

He is a lone operator, said an FCC insider who did not want to publicly criticize Martin. Sometimes even his own staff doesn't really know what he's thinking and what's he's going to do next.

Yikes. Americans should be worried that a government agency with so much influence on our democracy is essentially being guided by one voice.

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