Home______ Manufacturing Consent, VI: A Brief History of The FCC & Related Legislation

First, this by George Orwell--"Unpopular ideas can be silenced, and inconvenient facts kept dark, without any need for official ban." I will add that the silence and the darkness are all the easier if a media elite owns most information outlets, which is where we are today.

Senator John McCain, at a congressional hearing--"When is the endpoint to all of this? Why not have Rupert Murdoch buy another company, then Comcast another, and on it goes. At some point, you'll have many voices--and one ventriloquist."

We don't know when it will all end. Here is a breakdown of shrinking media ownership--
  • In 1983, 50 owners
  • In 1987, 29
  • In 1990, 23
  • in 1992, 14
  • In 1997, 10
  • In 2004, 6 owners for 94 percent of the entire media

    Understand that this is a sketch of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and omits important information in some instances. Its chief advantage is that it is presented in chronological order. More

    Also see the Manufacture of Consent, Part One, 21 February 2004, Part Two, 23 February 2004, Part Three, 6 March 2004, Part Four, 14 March 2004, Part Five, 28 March 2004.


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