Posts from January 6, 2005

Michael Powell, earthbound

Michael Powell, earthbound

: I actually believe that in his heart of hearts, Michael Powell — once a friend of the First Amendment — is embarrassed that he turned himself into the national nanny for cheap political gain. Call me an optimist.

At CES, Powell gave a Q&A and said again he’d keep his hands off satellite.

Michael Powell had a rare bit of good news Thursday for shock jock Howard Stern, saying the government had no interest in censoring satellite radio.

Engaging in a question-and-answer session at the Consumer Electronics Show, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission dismissed notions that broadcast radio operators will suffer unless the growing satellite radio business is subjected to the same content restrictions that forbid “the seven dirty words.”

“I think it’s a dangerous thing to start talking about extending government oversight of content to other media just to level the playing field,” Powell said….

Broadcast radio operators have made several unsuccessful attempts to restrict satellite radio content. But Powell said the merging of media formats and the Internet and changing attitudes favor minimal oversight.

“At the end of the day, I think we’re going to move in the direction of the Jeffersonian free-speech tradition,” he said.

At the end of the day. Which day?

Stern’s C in FCC

Stern’s C in FCC

: Fredericksburg.com does a feature on the guy who taught Howard Stern for his radio license. He got a C.

The tsunami’s map

The tsunami’s map

: Ralph Peters draws a compelling view of the political importance of the tsunami’s path:

No region of the world is so complex, or so thick with both threats and opportunities. The Indian Ocean region is not only critical in detail, but has an overall importance even greater than its parts. From the vital sea lanes that once carried spices and now carry oil, to the competing civilizations on its littorals, the Indian Ocean binds together the world’s great passions, needs and dangers.

This is where Islam must

Tortured

Tortured

: The best moment in the Alberto Gonzales hearings that I’ve heard: When Joe Biden spent so long giving the preamble to his questions — even telling him that he is “the real deal” — that he runs out of time before he can reach a question mark.

Passed over

Passed over

: James Wolcott is gets passed over for a promotion at Conde Nast.

: Note, by the way, that Gawker had the news of editorial director James Truman’s departure from Conde hours before anybody else. All that stalking paid off.