Radio and Records is reporting that past Presidential candidate John Kerry, and current Presidential Hopeful Barack Obama have penned a scathing letter to FCC Chairman Martin on the upcoming Media Ownership vote.
The letter pointed to "the widespread animosity aimed" at the FCC over the hearing, and noted, "It is our hope that the sum of these objections will convince you to delay this vote until a time following the Commission's consideration of other pressing matters."
Then the threats were spelled out in a crystal clear fashion.
"Specifically, we believe that moving forward with this change will have a direct and detrimental impact on the state of media diversity. Should you decide to move forward with this vote against the expressed bipartisan, bicameral intent of Congress, we will approach appropriations chairman [Robert] Byrd [D-W. Va.] with a request that funds be denied for the implementation of this rule."
Despite this political pressure, Martin is still moving forward with the vote. Likely, commissioners Copps and Adelstein are calling in their markers from politicians, and they are starting with the biggest names they can think of. Copps and Adelstein made their feeling well known last week.
For merger watchers, we can only hope that such political stunts are not part of the SDARS merger.
[via Radio and Records]
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