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(2,703 posts)
Sun Nov 29, 2020, 12:42 AM Nov 2020

Trump FCC To Waive Ownership Rules For Murdochs

Chairman Pai has just announced a plan to waive media-ownership rules for Fox and allow the Murdoch family to control even more TV stations and newspapers in the New York City market.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is hellbent on doing as much damage as possible before the Biden administration takes office. And that includes doling out one last favor for Rupert Murdoch.

Fox asked the Trump FCC to permanently waive a restriction that limits Fox’s TV station and newspaper ownership in the New York City market — where the company already owns two local-television stations and one local newspaper. This move would make Fox’s ownership of WWOR, WNYW and the New York Post permanent — despite the agency’s own rules that prohibit one company from controlling this many broadcast stations and newspaper outlets in a given market.

Chairman Pai is trying to quickly push this Fox request through the FCC, allowing for public comment only until Dec. 4.


So while Trump is posturing about how bad FOX News is, in reality he's doing them a BIG favor. What do you think he's going to expect in return? What a platform he will have for that 2024 run of his, as a frequent guest or just for their endless amplification of his every tweet.

FreePress.net put out an alert and petition this last week.

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Trump FCC To Waive Ownership Rules For Murdochs (Original Post) summer_in_TX Nov 2020 OP
Pai will be out soon. elleng Nov 2020 #1
LOL. "None of them may have a financial interest in any FCC-related business." That's a knee-slapper PSPS Nov 2020 #3
Security will escort you to the parking lot. pecosbob Nov 2020 #2
Murdoch is pulling the strings of course BSdetect Nov 2020 #4
K & R Duppers Nov 2020 #5


(130,646 posts)
1. Pai will be out soon.
Sun Nov 29, 2020, 12:54 AM
Nov 2020

Ajit Pai Chairman June 30, 2021
Michael O'Rielly Commissioner June 30, 2019
Jessica Rosenworcel June 30, 2020
Geoffrey Starks June 30, 2022

'The FCC is directed by five commissioners appointed by the president of the United States and confirmed by the United States Senate for five-year terms, except when filling an unexpired term. The U.S. president designates one of the commissioners to serve as chairman. Only three commissioners may be members of the same political party. None of them may have a financial interest in any FCC-related business.'


Similar changes will occur for other independent regulatory agencies, for example the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Rules change too.


(13,571 posts)
3. LOL. "None of them may have a financial interest in any FCC-related business." That's a knee-slapper
Sun Nov 29, 2020, 03:16 AM
Nov 2020
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