March 18, 2010


("Hello suckers!")

On July 28, 1995, the FCC voted by unanimous decision to relax the restrictions that prevented a foreign company or individual from owning a broadcasting outlet.

And take a wild guess who was the recipient of that little bon mot?

James Quello (FCC Commissioner): “Rupert Murdoch, an American citizen is in de facto and in de jure control of Fox and therefore the likelihood of undue foreign influence is virtually nonexistent. I’ve said it before and I believe that the determining factor should be control by an American citizen, not the amount of foreign stock investment.

Ironically, Murdoch applied for and got citizenship while the hearings were underway, so it made everything seem legit.

The bottom line was/is, the FCC has done its level best to destroy any vestige of integrity in broadcasting in this country and it has effectively done so for way too many years.

It's also ironic that the initial complaint came from NBC. Funny how the animosity between Fox and NBC has a history attached to it.

But the shame of the FCC appears limitless.

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