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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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April 25, 2008 1:40 PM

Obama and media consolidation

Posted by Ryan Blethen

Sen. Barack Obama continues to say the right things when it comes to media concentration. Broadcasting & Cable has a story about Obama urging the full Senate to act quickly on the "resolution of disapproval," which the Commerce Committee approved Thursday. The resolution would kill the new cross-ownership rule approved by the Federal Communications Commission last December.

Obama clearly understands the importance of this issue much more than Sens. John McCain and Hillary Clinton. McCain's tenure as Chairman of the Commerce Committee was stained with his close to ties to telecom, cable, and media lobbyists. Clinton has yet to give questions about media consolidation anything other than a canned response.

Obama has consistently talked about the need for a net neutrality law and the dangers media consolidations posses to democracy and minorities.

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