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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Take action to PROTEST new media monopoly rules

From: December 18th

It happened. A few minutes ago, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin and his two
fellow GOP commissioners approved new rules that will unleash a flood
of media consolidation across America. The rules will further consolidate
local media markets -- taking away independent voices in cities already
woefully short on local news and investigative journalism.

In 2003, the FCC tried to do the same thing, but millions of people
demanded that Congress reject the FCC's rules. And they did. It's
time to do it again.

We need 100,000 people to get Congress to reverse the FCC's rules right now.

And send an Open Letter to Congress.

This is about whether we will have access to the information that
democracy requires. It is about whether or not we'll have real news
and local voices on radio, television and in the newspaper in your
town. It's about whether the public airwaves will represent our
nation's diversity.

Just yesterday -- spurred by your calls and letters -- 26 senators
from both parties sent a letter to the FCC Chairman promising "to
revoke and nullify the proposed rule" if the FCC voted to lift the
longstanding ban on "newspaper-broadcast cross-ownership." But
Chairman Martin did it anyway.

Congress has the power to throw out these rules -- and if 100,000
people demand it, they'll have to listen.

Some say that nobody listens to letters like this. Well they
definitely do, and it's a way you can truly help the cause with just
a few clicks. Sign on now -- and get your friends to do the same.

Your actions are making a difference. Let's keep up the pressure. And
stay tuned -- this fight is far from over.

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