Lawmaker For Rent Promises Media Oligarchy Will Survive
Remember Billy Tauzin below, who along with Tom DeLay solicited bribes from Westar?
A key House lawmaker is pledging to derail legislation that would reverse the Federal Communication Commission's decision to relax limits on how media companies can merge and grow.
The proposed legislation, approved by the Senate Commerce Committee on Thursday, would roll back changes the FCC made June 2. That decision allowed individual companies to own television stations reaching nearly half the nation's viewers and combinations of newspapers and broadcast stations in the same city.
While passed by a bipartisan majority on the committee, the bill faces an uncertain future in the full Senate and a big obstacle in the House, where Rep. Billy Tauzin, R-La., chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, supports the changed media rules.
"We have no intentions of taking up that bill," Tauzin spokesman Ken Johnson said. "This has become a political soap opera, and given the chance Chairman Tauzin intends to cancel its run."
Of course he will, because the media have been so accomodating in not reporting that he's about as clean as a crack whore.
We've already seen the House GOP knows the meaning of quid pro quo.