Copps tickets SinclairWhoa. His boss, FCC Chairman Michael "Boobs Are Bad" Powell, has got to be snorting smoke over this - a tearing-down of his pet issue by one of his commissioners. This might get interesting...
FCC commissioner Michael J. Copps attacked Sinclair Broadcasting on Tuesday for its plan to force its 62 TV stations to carry a primetime documentary critical of Sen. John Kerry during the week before Election Day, calling the decision "an abuse of the public trust."
"And it is proof positive of media consolidation run amok," Copps said in a statement, "when one owner can use the public airwaves to blanket the country with its political ideology -- whether liberal or conservative."
FCC commissioner Copps' statement took Sinclair to task for long-term partisan sympathies, saying the group's ABC affiliates "refused to air 'Nightline's' reading of our war dead in Iraq." Copps added that Sinclair "short-shrifts local communities and local jobs by distance-casting news and weather from hundreds of miles away."
Hey, let's check that Sinclair stock today, shall we?