Air America finds it's way to Boston
Sun Oct 3 01:24:29 EDT 2004
>it was said--
> > So what about all the claims that Clear Channel Communications made
> > programming decisions to kiss up to the Bush administration?
>Maybe they're doing this in order to refute that claim?
As I suggested on LTAR, the Clear Channel folks are definitely doing a
"charm offensive" with lots of pro-CC billboards, taking a strong stand
against obscene programming, etc. The company has been getting hammered by
community activists who accuse it of having a chilling effect on free
speech (don't flame me, folks-- I am quoting other people); CC's
upper-management is known for being very pro-Bush amd pro-Iraq War, and
Lowry Mays has donated millions to Republican causes. Given the perception
of its critics that CC is hindering other points of view from being heard,
and with the FCC taking a hard look at the conglomerates, it makes perfect
sense for CC to show they are really misunderstood by getting rid of Howard
Stern or by putting some liberal programming on a few stations. It doesn't
really cause any problems, since the number of stations affected is
comparatively small, but it makes CC look more moderate in the eyes of
those critics, and perhaps gets the FCC to back off.
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