Democracy Now! June 3, 2003

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Democracy Now! June 3, 2003
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Over the Chants of Protesters The FCC Votes to Unleash the Largest Wave of Media Consolidation in U.S. History; Nurse Emily Lyons, victim of a 1998 abortion clinic bombing, speaks about the capture of Eric Rudolph. I lost my left eye, damaged my right eye, broke the right side of my face, first, second and third-degree burns on the front of my body, broke my left leg tore the muscle and skin off the front of my legs, hole in my abdomen my intestines were hanging out; Did Viacom-Sponsored Trips Affect FCC Media Bureau Chief Kenneth Ferree s Support of Media Consolidation? He says no.

9:00-9:01 Billboard 9:01-9:06 Headlines 9:06-9:07 One Minute Music Break 9:07-9:20 Over the Chants of Protesters The FCC Votes to Unleash the Largest Wave of Media Consolidation in U.S. History Despite fierce opposition, the Federal Communications Commission yesterday voted by a majority of one, to relax or eliminate decades-old rules governing media consolidation. The changes will unleash a major new wave of consolidation among newspaper, television and radio companies. The three decade old ban on a newspaper buying a television or radio station in the same city is largely gone. The commission also has allowed broadcast networks to buy more stations at the local and national levels. Michael Powell, FCC Chairman Jonathan S. Adelstein, FCC Commissioner FCC Vote Senator Fritz Hollings, South Carolina (D) 9:20-9:21 One Minute Music Break 9:21-9:40: The FCC voted to relax rules governing media consolidation yesterday by a 3 to 2 vote along party lines. The Republicans commissioners, led by chair Michael Powell, claimed the rules were out of date with the rise of cable, satellite TV and Internet. The actions are seen as a major victory for media giants, including CBS parent Viacom, Rupert Murdoch s News Corp. and Tribune Co. The two dissident commissioners, Jonanthan Adelstein and Michael Copps, said the lifting of the rules will stifle free speech. They said as local media operations are absorbed by large corporations, the news will become even more homogenized and unpopular viewpoints, including those of people of color, will be forced off the airwaves. * Michael Copps, FCC Commissioner Link: Federal Communications Commission * W. Kenneth Ferree, FCC Media Bureau Chief * Hannah Sassaman, Prometheus Radio Project Link: Prometheus Radio Project * Medea Benjamin, Co-Founder and Founding Director of Global Exchange Link: Global Exchange 9:40-9:41 One Minute Music Break 9:41-9:58 Nurse Emily Lyons, victim of a 1998 abortion clinic bombing, speaks about the capture of Eric Rudolph. After the largest manhunt in U.S. history the man charged with two attacks on abortion clinics and the bombings in Atlanta Olympics has been captured. Federal authorities decided yesterday Eric Rudolph will be tried in Birmingham, Alabama first. It was there on one morning in 1998 that a bomb exploded outside the New Woman All Women Health Care Clinic. Police Officer Robert Sanderson was killed. Nurse Emily Lyons was critically injured. (She is now blind in one eye.) The bombing came just days after anti-abortion foes protested the 25th anniversary of Roe v. Wade A medical student said he saw Eric Rudolph walking away from the scene, and someone else saw his license plate. The circumstantial evidence in the Birmingham case is the strongest. Eric Rudolph was flown to Birmingham and arrived at the Jefferson County Jail yesterday. Rifle-wielding agents followed rode behind Rudolph s car and law enforcement snipers on the roof of the nearby Sheraton Birmingham hotel watched his arrival. U.S. marshals and Jefferson County deputies led Rudolph with wrists and legs shackled into the jail. Eric Rudolph spent part of his youth living The Army of God and with Christian Identity, a white supremacist religion that is anti-gay, anti-Semitic and anti-foreigner. For years, the survivalist and army veteran hid deep in the forests of Appalachia from police equipped with bloodhounds, infrared-equipped helicopters and motion detectors. He received support from locals. They sold T-shirts saying 'Run Rudolph Run' and slipped pictures of dead fetuses on the cars of FBI and media joining the chase. Well, last Saturday afternoon, a rookie policeman in Murphy, North Carolina saw a man he suspected was breaking into the Save-A-Lot grocery store. He arrested him. The man was Eric Rudolph. Rudolph's lawyer, Sean Devreaux, said Rudolph will not plead guilty. If convicted, Rudolph could receive the death penalty. * Emily Lyons, victim of abortion clinic bombing * Ann Glazier, director of Planned Parenthood security Links: Planned Parenthood * Chip Berlet, Senior Analyst at Political Research Associates, and co-author of Right Wing Populism in America Lower third: Author, Right Wing Populism in America Photo: will email to producers Links: 9:58-9:59 Outro and Credits Democracy Now! is produced by Kris Abrams, Mike Burke, Angie Karran, Sharif Abdul Kouddous, Ana Nogueira, Elizabeth Press with help from Noah Reibel and Vilka Tzouras. Mike Di Filippo is our music maestro and engineer. Thanks also to Uri Galed, Angela Alston, Emily Kunstler, Orlando Richards, Simba Rousseau, Rafael delaUz, Gabriel Weiss, Johnny Sender, Rich Kim, Karen Ranucci, Fatima Mojadiddy, Denis Moynihan and Jenny Filipazzo.

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June 3, 2003
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June 3, 2003
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59 min.
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