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Call to Action: Stop the Media Monopoly
by David Meieran Thursday, May. 22, 2003 at 11:08 PM 412-421-7716

Protest Clear Channel Radio and the Media Monopoly on Thursday, May 29


posted 5/22/03


Protest Clear Channel Radio and the Media Monopoly on Thursday, May 29

WHAT: National day of protest to stop the media monopoly.

WHEN: 5:00pm, May 29, the Thursday before the FCC votes to dramatically deregulate the media

WHERE: Clear Channel Communications, 200 Fleet St., Pittsburgh, PA 15220

[NOTE: final details, including time, place, directions, and tactics will follow in a later call to action; check for updates and more info]

WHO: The national day of protest is sponsored by Global Exchange, Media Alliance, CodePink, United for Peace and Justice NY, Citizen Works, CodePink, Democracy Rising, Free Press, Youth Media Council, and many others. Local support for the action includes the Rosenberg Institute, members of the Thomas Merton Centerm, and others t.b.a. As of 5/21/03, seven cities are participating in the action.

WHY: We need to “expose the corporate media for the boardroom bulletin that it really is,” as Arundhati Roy recently pleaded.

The corporate media have implicitly conspired with the Bush administration to rally uncritical support behind an unjust war and to silence the voice of dissent. They have done so with such art and stagecraft that would have made Leni Riefenstahl proud. And now the administration is about to the reward the media conglomerates who served as the megaphones for its official view.

The FCC is poised to approve the most dramatic changes to media ownership regulations in decades. Leading the charge is FCC Chairman Michael Powell, Colin Powell's son, who essentially declared war on diversity in the media at the same time that his father was spearheading the war against Iraq. If the FCC goes ahead with its plan, there will be nothing standing in the way of media companies' drive for profits at the expense of truth and democracy.

Clear Channel Communications is the poster child of everything that's wrong with media deregulation. After the media deregulation of 1996, Clear Channel gobbled up hundreds of radio stations throughout the country and now owns more than 1200 stations nationwide, dominating the audience share in 100 of 112 major markets. Not only is the company the world's largest radio broadcaster, it's also the world largest concert promoter and billboard advertising firm. Here in Pittsburgh, Clear Channel owns at least six stations: WDVE-FM, KISS-FM, WWSW-FM, WXDX-FM and WBGG-AM.

Clear Channel’s monopolistic practices have accelerated the homogenization of our airwaves. The company promotes cookie-cutter style radio that has urban stations throughout the country seemingly playing the same seven songs. Clear Channel also uses its stations to promote its right-wing political agenda. After September 11, the company circulated a list of blacklisted songs including John Lennon's Imagine and Cat Stevens' Peace Train. This year Clear Channel sponsored pro-war rallies in cities around the country before and during the war on Iraq. That isn’t surprising, since Clear Channel has ties to Bush.

If the FCC passes Powell's proposed new media rules, companies like Clear Channel will be given even more control over the public airwaves than they already have. We are likely to see in television the same type of feeding frenzy we saw in the radio industry after the 1996 media deregulation. And we are likely to see even more patriotic orgies and mass deception that manufacture consent to the United State’s militarist and imperialist agenda.

Lobbying alone will not stop the ongoing anti-democratic stranglehold on the news: to slay the corporate media beast we must take to the streets.

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by John-RPGH Friday, May. 23, 2003 at 2:33 PM

I was going to try and organize one of these, guess I got beat to it. What kind of an action are we talking about? An orderly protest outside? A sit-in? Blocking the entrance? Permitted or un-permitted?

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Security culture
by Sun Tzu Friday, May. 23, 2003 at 11:19 PM

Always arrive first to the empty battlefield to await the enemy at your leisure.
If you are late and hurry to the battlefield, fighting is more difficult.
You want a successful battle.
Move your men, but not into opposing forces.
You can make the enemy come to you.
Offer him an advantage.
You can make the enemy avoid coming to you.
Threaten him with danger.
When the enemy is fresh, you can tire him.
When he is well fed, you can starve him.
When he is relaxed, you can move him.
Leave any place without haste.
Hurry to where you are unexpected.
You can easily march hundreds of miles without tiring.
To do so, travel through areas that are deserted.
You must take whatever you attack.
Attack when there is no defense.
You must have walls to defend.
Defend where it is impossible to attack.
Be skilled in attacking.
Give the enemy no idea of where to defend
Be skillful in your defense.
Give the enemy no idea of where to attack.
Be subtle! Be subtle!
Arrive without any clear formation.
Quietly! Quietly!
Arrive without a sound.
You must use all your skill to control the enemy's decisions.
Advance where they can't defend.
Charge through their openings.
Withdraw where the enemy cannot chase you.
Move quickly so that they cannot catch you.
I always pick my own battles.
The enemy can hide behind high walls and deep trenches.
I do not try to win by fighting him directly.
Instead, I attack a place that he must rescue.
I avoid the battles that I don't want.
I can divide the ground and yet defend it.
I don't give the enemy anything to win.
Divert him from coming to where you defend.
I make their men take a position while I take none.
I then focus my forces where the enemy divides his forces.
Where I focus, I unite my forces.
When the enemy divides, he creates many small groups.
I want my large group to attack one of his small ones.
Then I have many men where the enemy has but a few.
My large force can overwhelm his small one.
I then go on to the next small enemy group.
I will take them one at a time.
We must keep the place that we've chosen as a battleground a secret.
The enemy must not know.
Force the enemy to prepare his defense in many places.
I want the enemy to defend many places.
Then I can choose where to fight.
His forces will be weak there.
If he reinforces his front lines, he depletes his rear.
If he reinforces his rear, he depletes his front.
If he reinforces his right flank, he depletes his left.
If he reinforces his left flank, he depletes his right.
Without knowing the place of attack, he cannot
cannot prepare.
Without knowing the right place, he will be weak everywhere.
The enemy has weak points.
Prepare your men against them.
He has strong points.
Make his men prepare themselves against you.
You must know the battle ground.
You must know the time of battle.
You can then travel a thousand miles and still win the battle.
The enemy should not know the battleground.
He shouldn't know the time of battle.
His left will be unable to support his right.
His right will be unable to support his left.
His front lines will be unable to support his rear.
His rear will be unable to support his front.
His support is distant even if it is only ten miles away.
What unknown place can be close?
We control the balance of forces.
The enemy may have many men but they are superfluous.
How can they help him to victory?
We say:
You must let victory happen.
The enemy may have many men.
You can still control him without a fight.

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protest update
by David Meieran Wednesday, May. 28, 2003 at 2:28 PM 412-421-7716

please check
for a final call to action.

The site includes maps, directions, and other related info.

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by Morrissey & Marr Wednesday, May. 28, 2003 at 5:59 PM

Burn down the disco
Hang the blessed DJ
Because the music that they constantly play
Hang the blessed DJ
Because the music they constantly play

On the Leeds side-streets that you slip down
Or provincial towns you jog 'round
Hang the DJ, Hang the DJ, Hang the DJ
Hang the DJ, Hang the DJ, Hang the DJ
Hang the DJ, Hang the DJ, Hang the DJ
Hang the DJ, Hang the DJ, Hang the DJ
Hang the DJ, Hang the DJ

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another url
by David Meieran Thursday, May. 29, 2003 at 1:47 AM

my site may have been hacked. here's a mirror in case anyone has difficulty:

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Why Not Pirate Radio?
by Prodigal Yunzer Friday, May. 30, 2003 at 11:48 PM

Or do you want the media companies to deliver their transmission, broadcast, post production, production, administration and news gathering assets to you free of charge? The fiction that the "government owns the airwaves" is ridiculous. The content of television and radio is mostly free to the consumer- whom do you think pays for this? Taxpayers? Name another country in the world where they have more choices in consuming media? Start your own newspaper, crank up a pirate radio broadcast. Stop whining you bitches.

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by schnell Saturday, May. 31, 2003 at 3:50 AM

what do you think this site is, genius?

and there may be a lot of superficial choices when it comes to media, but when all of those "choices" are owned by the same handful of companies, how much of a difference is there really?

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Thank You
by Prodigal Yunzer Saturday, May. 31, 2003 at 11:00 AM

For recognizing my genius. Hey, we used to have 3 networks. Now we have five, maybe six. I own much real estate, and you can rent from me from $400 a month to $4000 a month. Just because I own these various properties doesn't make them less diverse from the tenant's standpoint. Again, tell me where in the world we can find a more free media market? Or, name a time in history where the capital behind the broadcasting media was not concentrated? The conversion of the airwaves into a piece of property is what this movement is all about. Socialism disguised as populism, but you cannot give me a model that would provide more choice for me the consumer, or can you?

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by mimi Saturday, May. 31, 2003 at 10:37 PM

airwaves should be free. but, in our world, the very air we breathe must be paid for with our own money. they even charge us money for going to the bathroom.
radio and television should be free, but I guess that's a utopia and I shouldn't dream on?
Has anyone ever read Island by Aldous Huxley???????
I wish we could use that as a model of how to change society into a progressive and enlightening one.

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Mimi Utopian
by Prodigal Yunzer Sunday, Jun. 01, 2003 at 1:07 PM

Yes of course we have to pay for everything good, Utopian authors notwithstanding. Thats why an economy consists of producers and consumers of goods and services. You like the super clean air? Well we pay for that with loss of industrial jobs and more expensive automobiles and appliances. The air is as free as the river water, untl you try to use it for your own recreation or commerce. Then it is regulated so it is not exploited or ruined. When the FCC protects the frequencies in Pittsburgh they are doing so for both the consumer and the producer. Its not all an evil scheme to increase the power of the already powerful. So if you put up Radio Sandinismo on the WQED frequency, the little vans will find you and shut you down, because hundreds of NPR listeners will be complaining, not just because the WQED management calls.

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Local News ?
by Prodigal Yunzer Monday, Jun. 02, 2003 at 10:05 AM

Oh no the local news will be threatened! I can't do without the pictures of police cars and yellow crime scene tape, or the guy on the courthouse steps taking to the loser, or maybe the weather seven or eight times. Whats with these Yunzers and their weather obsession? You'd think we were all sailors. My theory is most Pittsburghers are OLD, and old people are afraid to be caught outside all night cause they can't hack it any more. Its a primal fear, and checking the weather fifty times a day comforts them.

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National News?
by Prodigal Yunzer Thursday, Jun. 05, 2003 at 11:36 AM

You people are afraid of changing what we have? We have every night coverage of Laci Peterson, even though there is no news. Peter Jennings the Canadian high school dropout calls the US Army "Bush administration troops" and doesn't apologize for it. So tell me what change you fear? You think this is worth saving?

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