FCC Newspeak

You know, I’ve defended the FCC and Michael Powell many times. But I’m pretty disturbed by this headline from the FCC’s press release announcing it’s long-awaited loosening of media ownership rules:

"FCC Sets Limits on Media Concentration: Unprecedented Public Record Results in Enforceable and Balanced Broadcast Ownership Rules."

This is Bushism: Do one thing, but say you’re doing something else so frequently and fervently that people believe it. I’m concerned about the actions the FCC took this morning, but more concerned about its reluctance to defend them forthrightly. I hope Chairman Powell hasn’t concluded that he must sacrifice his refreshing candor to improve his political effectiveness.