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> Date:    Mon, 12 May 2003 08:57:47 -0700
> From:    Ken Umbach <kumbach@UNLIMITED.NET>
> Subject: GEN Re: media monopoly
> I express no opinion on the proposal or on Mr. Powell's comments, but
> simply provide the above as more authoritative than an Internet chain letter.
> Ken
> ----------------------------------------------------
> Kenneth W. Umbach, Ph.D.

Hmmm. As authoritative as the Bush administration's reports on the weapons
of mass destruction in Iraq? As authoritative as Bush's representations that
Iraq was implicated in 9/11? As authoritative as the government agency that
said energy companies had nothing do to with manipulating energy prices in

The problem with media monopolization, which is already occurring and will
occur more dramatically under the FCC proposal, is that the media companies
tend to know what side of the bread the butter is on and therefore do not
report on questionable government reports or activities.

I do recommend caution in assessing accuracy of Internet e-mail messages.
But referring to US government reports as more authoritative in this day and
age is probably not wise. We need to maintain a healthy skepticism with
respect to all information.


Nancy Willard, M.S., J.D.

Center for Advanced Technology in Education
University of Oregon, College of Education

Responsible Netizen Institute

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