Rush Slams FCC on Civil Rights
(The Hill) — A prominent member of the Congressional Black Caucus said Thursday that he’s tired of the Federal Communications Commission’s lack of progress on civil rights issues. “To date, I have been grossly underwhelmed by the lip-service and platitudes I have heard from this Commission regarding the importance of concluding Commission proceedings, studies, and reports that can dramatically affect the fortunes of minority viewers, listeners, new market entrants, established businesses, and entrepreneurs,” Rush said. “Their words aren’t matching up with their actions.”
Rush’s comments come one day after the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council joined more than twenty other civil rights advocacy groups including the NAACP in criticizing the FCC for failing to act on issues of critical to minority representation in the media. When asked for a reply, FCC spokesman Robert Kenny referred Hillicon Valley to his initial response to the group’s letter, where he referenced the minority ownership conditions attached by the Commission to the Comcast-NBC Universal and Sirius-IM mergers.