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Josh Silver, managing director of Free Press, on consequences of the upcoming FCC decision on the proposed relaxation of media ownership rules

Inja Coates, co-founder and director of Media Tank, on efforts to fight the impending changes to the rules of media ownership

" Our media is not a commodity. It's not grain, it's not toasters or appliances, but it's being treated as such. "
- Josh Silver

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00:00 Introduction and commentary, including:
• Media Ownership issues
• Efficiency versus quality of life
• Fox's narrow depictions of trans issues
• Bush Administration and Limited Yield Nukes
• Charles River Geese
15:00 Question of the Week
" I am still in the closet. I am 43 and I have HIV and I am on SSI/SSDI. How can someone like me get to go see a doctor and get to be the woman I feel I am. I live in Rhode Island. And I've tried to do all this and always hit dead ends. I know I have to see a therapist. But so far I have not been able to find one that takes my coverage. And not having a car doesn't help me any. I know no transgender people. I have never been to a meeting. I know I have to be gendered. Cause I have been dressing since I was 8. And every time I purged and threw all my clothes away. I wound off buying more in time and found myself back buying clothes. It seems to me if I am the one that needs help and want help with my problems. My coverage should cover it. What should I do. "
(from: Bobbie)
22:18 Hal Fuller's Twisted Nasty News
Including the truth about the Jessica Lynch "rescue". Read the stories:
The truth about Jessica (Guardian UK)
Saving Private Lynch story 'flawed' (BBC News)
On rescuing Private Lynch and forgetting Rachel Corrie (Guardian)
Jessica Lynch News... (United Justice Special Report)
Saving Private Lynch: Take 2 (LA Times)
Pentagon's response (CNN)
36:06 On June 2, the FCC will decide whether or not to relax the rules on media ownership, permitting large corporations to further consolidate media ownership. Josh Silver, managing director of Free Press (which operates talks about the likely consequences of such a decision, and what is being done about it.

Josh was the campaign manager of the successful ballot initiative for Clean Elections in Arizona in 1998. Since then, he spent thee years as director of development for the cultural arm of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. He is the former director of an international youth exchange program, and worked with youth at risk. He has published a several articles on campaign finance and other public policy.

For more information:
• Visit Free Press at or email or call 413.585.1533 or write to Free Press, 26 Center Street, 2nd floor, Northampton, MA 01060
Activism on the proposed FCC rules changes:
Media Tank
Reclaim the Media
Common Cause
• Stop the FCC
New College News
Articles on the proposed FCC rules changes:
• NY Times: The Great Media Gulp by William Safire, 5-22-03
• The Nation: Media Merger Mania by Peter Rothberg, 5-7-03
• NY Times: The China Syndrome by Paul Krugman, 5-13-03 (fee)
• Women's ENews: Where Have All the Women Gone? by Caryl Rivers, 4-17-03
• War, and Our Right To Know by Danny Schechter
• Stinking Deregulation Mess by Eric Boehlert, 2-28-03
• AlterNet: The Death of Local News by Paul Schmelzer, 4-23-03
• Philadelphia Inquirer: Why it Will Matter if FCC Limits on Media Ownership Disappear by Jeff Gelles, 5-7-03
• St. Petersburg Times: Diverse critics fight FCC on media ownership rules by Eric Deggans, 4-29-03
65:20 Special Message
66:20 Boston area (and national) announcements
70:35 As Republican-backed special interests threaten to expand their monopoly on media ownership, they are beginning to run into resistance from a fast-growing, loose collaboration of democracy-minded Americans. Inja Coates, co-founder and director of Media Tank, talks with us about the activist efforts to stop the media takeover, and where future strategy may lead.
For more information:
• Visit Media Tank at
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