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May 13, 2003
Media Consolidation
Denver Post publisher William Dean Singleton pleaded before the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee May 13 that newspaper owners should be allowed to own TV and radio stations in the same market.
I wonder if the "innovative informational services" mentioned here have anything to do with those infomercials designed to look like news broadcasts? Heh. Heh.

Anyhow. Their operating efficiencies are going to have to come some other way. There's nothing "archaic" about keeping multiple media voices active in a community. Contrary to what those with a financial stake in consolidation say, these independent voices are very needed, thankyouverymuch. (site requires registration)

(Glancing at the other local headlines, I see that I totally should have bought Wild Oats stock when the idea first occurred to me four months ago. The headline says, "Wild Oats 1Q net income doubles".

Putting Humpty-Dumpty Together Again

Open Secrets has a new feature. They're documenting the contractors rebuilding Iraq. Let's take a look at everyone's favorite private army.

DynCorp The Contributions: $226,865 (72 percent to Republicans) Total to President Bush: $7,500 Computer Sciences Corp. (acquired DynCorp March 7) The Contributions: $276,975 (74 percent to Republicans) Total to President Bush: $10,250

The Contract: The U.S. State Department awarded DynCorp, now a unit of Computer Sciences Corp., a multimillion-dollar contract April 18 to advise the Iraqi government on setting up effective law enforcement, judicial and correctional agencies. DynCorp will arrange for up to 1,000 U.S. civilian law enforcement experts to travel to Iraq to help locals "assess threats to public order" and mentor personnel at the municipal, provincial and national levels. The company will also provide any logistical or technical support necessary for this peacekeeping project. DynCorp estimates it could recoup up to $50 million for the first year of the contract.
The Companies: Founded in 1946, DynCorp has long provided U.S. government agencies--particularly the Defense Department--with logistical and training support. Computer Sciences Corp. acquired DynCorp in March of this year for $950 million. CSC is one of the country's leading IT consulting firms and reported revenues of more than $11 billion in 2002.

Take a look at the rest of the site (and don't forget to make a donation, even a small one). It's an unbiased site. The political contributions are listed whether they were to Republicans or Democrats.

Posted by AnneZook at 03:21 PM