<!-- Begin meta tags generated by ORblogs --> </meta name="keywords" content="progressive, liberal, politics, government, edit, language, grammar, accuracy, honesty, clarity, world, news, media" /> </> <!-- End meta tags generated by ORblogs -->> Editor at Large: FCC chairman Powell resigns

Friday, January 21, 2005

FCC chairman Powell resigns

Like father, like son...FCC chairman Michael Powell, like his father Colin Powell, who resigned as secretary of state, has announced his resignation, saying that he wants to spend more time with Janet Jackson and Howard Stern.

Just kidding. But the real reason he's resigning is equally bizarre: he feels he has accomplished his goals...which apparently included 1) deregulating the communications industry so that individual companies could own TV stations reaching nearly half the nation's viewers and have combinations of newspapers and broadcast outlets in the same community, and 2) assessing a record $7.7 million in indecency fines for broadcast programming.

We hope retirement gives Powell a chance to reflect on the indecency of allowing Fox and Clear Channel to monopolize our airwaves and brainwaves.



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