Black People : Armstrong Williams Wants “Diversity” Favor from FCC

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    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford
    Sometime in the late Seventies, the Black political class decided that ownership of media was more
    important than making programming that is accountable to the African American
    public. Today, Blacks neither own nor control the TV programming they consume. Except for Armstrong Williams,
    the “rightwing propagandist and hustler” who wants the FCC to favor him with a diversity ruling.

    “Williams claims that he is known to provide broadcast content that reflects a minority perspective.”

    The Federal Communications Commission this week dealt at least a potential blow to the monopolists
    who have sucked every drop of social value out of American commercial television. The
    FCC ruled that TV stations that sell substantial portions of other TV stations advertizing, are the real owners of
    the station, and thus are violating rules against multiple ownerships in the same market. The practice
    of joint advertizing has meant that many stations are little more than shells for getting around the
    rules against monopolization. The National Association of Black Journalists applauds the FCC action,
    since shared advertizing agreements usually mean firing the whole newsroom of one of the stations.
    The Minority Media and Telecommunications Council supports the ruling, because the
    shared advertizing game only helps the media giants eat up the smaller guys.

    One person who’s not happy is Armstrong Williams, the Black rightwing propagandist and hustler who
    calls himself a journalist. Williams owns two stations that are essentially extra channels for stations
    already owned by Sinclair Broadcasting, which is the largest operator of non-network affiliated
    stations in the country. Williams claims that Black people in Flint, Michigan, and Myrtle Beach, South
    Carolina, will suffer if he loses his stations there, since he is known to provide broadcast content that
    reflects a minority perspective. Now, that’s a joke! Armstrong Williams, whose mentor was South
    Carolina’s rabidly racist Sen. Strom Thurmond, has never uttered or written a word that was relevant
    to the hopes and dreams of most Black people. In political terms, Armstrong Williams most closely
    resembles the character played by Samuel L. Jackson in Django Unchained.

    Read more: http://www.blackagendareport.com/content/armstrong-williams-wants-“diversity”-favor-fcc
     
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