Who’s influencing the FCC?

While doing some research for an upcoming column I stumbled upon this 2009 press release announcing that the founder of beliefnet would be heading a commission on “new thinking” in the media marketplace. The frightening amount of influence magic worshipers have over the American Government is staggering. You may also want to see the video wherein Waldman admits that it’s OK for the FCC to control communications. http://www.nextgenweb.org/news-and-blog-clips/the-fccs-future-of-media-inquiry-what-is-the-fcc-doing-and-why

“Steven Waldman Named To Lead Commission Effort on Future  of Media In a Changing Technological Landscape” (FCC Press Release)

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STEVEN WALDMAN NAMED TO LEAD COMMISSION EFFORT ON FUTURE OF MEDIA IN A  CHANGING TECHNOLOGICAL LANDSCAPE FCC chairman Julius Genachowski announced  today the appointment of Steven Waldman, a highly respected  internet  entrepreneur and journalist, to lead an agency-wide initiative to assess the  state of media in these challenging economic times and make recommendations  designed to ensure a vibrant media landscape.

Earlier this month, the bipartisan Knight  Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy called for “new thinking” to “ensure the information opportunities of America’s people and  the information vitality of our democracy” and proposed FCC action. The Pew  Project for Excellence in Journalism has highlighted the dire circumstances for  newspapers, and both the Knight report and a recent study from  Columbia  Graduate School of Journalism called for a full reassessment of the media  marketplace both inside and outside of government, including at the FCC Waldman is the Co-Founder, President and Editor-in-Chief of Beliefnet.com, the  largest multifaith website for religion and inspiration, and served as its CEO  from 2002 until 2007, when it was acquired by News Corporation.  Under his  leadership, Beliefnet  won the top editorial awards on the Internet, including  the General Excellence award from the Online News Association and the National  Magazine Award for General Excellence Online. Waldman, who will join the  Office of Strategic Planning and serve as Senior Advisor to the Chairman, will  work with the relevant FCC bureaus and lead an open, fact-finding process to  craft recommendations to meet the traditional goals of serving the public  interest and making sure that all Americans receive  the information,  educational content, and news they seek.  He will step down from Beliefnet and  News Corp and discontinue his blog and the regular column he writes for Wall  Street Journal Online. “A strong consensus has developed that we’re at a  pivotal moment in the history of the media and communications, because of  game-changing new technologies as well as the economic downturn,” said  Genachowski.  “Highly respected entities have called on the FCC to assess these  issues.  At such a moment, it is important to ensure that our polities promote a  vibrant media landscape that furthers long-standing goals of serving the  information needs of communities.  The initiative is intended to identify the  best ideas for achieving those goal, while recognizing that government must be  scrupulous in abiding by the First Amendment and never dictating or controlling  the content of the news or other communications protected by the First  Amendment.” “Steve Waldman is uniquely qualified to look at this shifting  terrain and make sure we meet this moment wisely,” Genachowski said. “He was an  award-winning journalist in traditional media and then became an Internet  pioneer — launching, running and bringing to profitability one of the great  content success stories. He’s also known for his even-handedness and has  garnered respect from people of widely different ideologies and approaches.” Before creating Beliefnet, Waldman served as National Editor of US News &  World Report and was National Correspondent for Newsweek. He’s author of the New  York Times bestseller FOUNDING FAITH: Providence, Politics, and the Birth of  Religious Freedom in America.  He also served as Senior Advisor to the CEO of  the Corporation for National Service in the 1990s.  His work has appeared in  numerous publications including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post,  National Review Online, Huffington Post, The Atlantic, ChristianityToday.com,  The Washington Monthly and Slate. He has been a regular commentator on  national television and radio programs including Fox & Friends, Fox  Business, Good Morning America, The Today Show, CNN Headline News, ABC World  News With Charles Gibson, NPR’s All Things Considered and On the Media, and many  others.  He was named a “Spiritual Innovator” by Time magazine. “I’m excited  by many of the new media’s innovations and, at the same time, concerned about  the challenges facing American journalism, which potentially harm citizens’ ability to get information they need and hold leaders accountable,” said  Waldman. “Most solutions will come from the private and non-profit sectors. But  government rules already affect the media landscape in profound ways so it’s  imperative that we both vigorously protect the First Amendment and determine  which media policies make sense, which don’t.. Unwise government policies can  undermine business models and hinder innovation. Smart policy can help  businesses, facilitate innovation, and ensure a thriving media marketplace. ”

Read more: http://blog.beliefnet.com/stevenwaldman/2009/10/steven-waldman-named-to-lead-c.html#ixzz255E4gwIu

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