Clear Channel Communications is the number one radio station owner in the U.S. "Clear Channel owns, operates, programs, or sells airtime for nearly 1,200 radio stations; it also has equity interests in 240 international stations. Clear Channel owns a 90% stake in one of the world's largest outdoor advertising companies, Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, with more than 910,000 display locations worldwide. In addition, Clear Channel owns or manages about 50 TV stations and sells spot advertising for more than 3,300 radio and TV stations through Katz Media.We can thank the Telecommunications Act of 1996 for that.
Consolidation is particularly extreme in the case of Clear Channel. Since passage of the 1996 Telecommunications Act, Clear Channel has grown from 40 stations to 1,240 stations -- 30 times more than congressional regulation previously allowed. No potential competitor owns even one-quarter the number of Clear Channel stations. With over 100 million listeners, Clear Channel reaches over one-third of the U.S. populationAnd on one of those stations Clear Channel pays Bill Cunningham to spread his demented partisanship.
Much like Castro took over Cuba, Mao Zedong took over Red China, and the Communists took over Russia, Obama now is poised, according to many of my good friends on the left like Paul Mason and others, to seize power in America, and I hope to be a bloodless coup.Right. When a Democrat wins a presidential election that's seizing power in a coup. This is flat out disgusting Newspeak, an attempt to destroy the democratic process by relabeling our peaceful procedure of changing our government by citizen vote as some sort of illigitimate theft of power by force (when a Democrat wins, that is.) Nevermind the absolutely ludicrous comparisons to the communists. And Hitler.
He goes out to his left-wing buddies in San Francisco and smears God, smears guns, smears everything great about this country. Then he comes to these rallies like bromides, like Adolf Hitler in 1933, and the faithful are shouting, "Yes we can, yes we can."Oh, and let's not forget how this relates to Bill O'Reilly. O'Reilly is obsessed with telling people that if they associate with Daily Kos or Huffington Post they are promoting hate equivalent to the Nazis or KKK because his staff has managed to find handfuls of inappropriate comments at those sites from anonymous commenters. Meanwhile, Cunningham - someone who has said the despicable lie that "Obama wants to gas the Jews" - has previously appeared on Fox News to be greeted as "a great American" by Sean Hannity.
Besides voting out of office the people who condone and benefit from these spreaders of hate, one of the most important things that we can do to redemocratize our society is to re-establish media ownership regulations.