Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Dennis Kucinich makes surprise appearance at the National Conference for Media Reform.

On Friday, January 11, 2007, Presidential Candidate Dennis Kucinich made a surprise appearance at the National Conference for Media Reform in Memphis, Tennessee. Introduced by Danny Glover, Kucinich announced that he would be heading up a new House subcommittee which will focus on issues surrounding the Federal Communications Commission. The announcement of The Domestic Policy Subcommittee of the House Government Reform Committee was to be officially announced this week in Washington D.C. but Kucinich let the news out early.

Kucinich said that the new committee would be holding hearings to push media reform right at the center of Washington. Media ownership, net neutrality and major telecommunications mergers are expected to be the major issues focused on by this new subcommittee. Kucinich also said that the committee would be holding hearings as well on reinstating the “Fairness Doctrine”, which is the rule that radio and television stations must provide the right to respond to allegations on controversial topics. This rule has not been in effect since 1987 when the Reagan administration eliminated it.

Now that Kucinich is chairman of this committee, he will now have jurisdiction over the Drug Czar’s office. Could we see a bigger agenda coming forth or am I thinking out loud again? Anyways this should be interesting to see what comes out of this situation in the next few months.

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