The nation recently went to war against a foreign regime whose oppression
was based largely on control of the information received by its citizens.
How ironic, then, that we are seemingly on the brink of establishing a
Saddam Hussein-style information system here in the United States.
On Monday, the Federal Communications Commission will vote on a new
set of media-ownership rules that would allow large conglomerates to devour
more independent media outlets and impose the law of the jungle on the
marketplace of ideas. If the new rules pass, we could be headed down a
dangerous Orwellian path, with an elite thought police controlling our news
and our culture.