The FCC wants to let media moguls like Rupert Murdoch own more radio, TV, and newspapers in a single city than ever before. What to do? Have some fun and play Whack-a Murdoch! Then check out what StopBigMedia.com is doing.
In other Murdoch news, CNBC had contracted to run ads on two Dow Jones web sites Monday (Murdoch bought Dow Jones for $5 billion recently). Instead of honoring its contract, Dow Jones pulled the ads and ran ads for Fox Business–a new cable network that launched Monday, and is a direct competitor of CNBC. Is that legal? Read more here.
Meanwhile, big telecommunications giants refused to answer questions from Congress about their cooperation with the Bush administration’s illegal wiretapping program. Officials from AT&T, Verizon Communications and Qwest Communications International told the House Energy and Commerce Committee that they would have to ask permission from Bush first.