INDECENCY AND THE FCC, February 11, 2004

Today, committees in the Senate and the House are set to grill all five FCC commissioners. The House will also hear from the president of Viacom, one of the largest media titans in the world.

But the subject isn't media concentration. Despite millions of letters, emails, and phone calls, many Members of Congress would rather focus on Janet Jackson's Super Bowl surprise. Let's make sure Congress knows that holding an indecency inquiry doesn't get them off the hook -- that they have the power and the responsibility to roll back the FCC's rule change.

Tell your Representative in Congress to fix the media by co-sponsoring House Joint Resolution 72 which would roll back the new FCC rules.

If you're concerned about indecency, the solution doesn't lie in censorship or insignificant fines imposed on media giants. Indecency is one symptom of media ownership concentrated in too f! ew hands with no local control.

At the root of the problem is the fact that a few big companies can decide what we watch. You don't have a choice whether or not to watch a Super Bowl heavy on the sexual innuendo -- CBS has a monopoly on the show. And new FCC rules allow CBS and other conglomerates to get even bigger.

Now, while Congress is focused on the media, remind your Representative that this is an opportunity to address the problems of indecency, localism, and diversity in one fell swoop: by reversing the FCC's looser regulations. 

Get in touch with your Representative about co-sponsoring House Joint Resolution 72.

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Thanks for joining the call for media reform in 2004.