Lynn Woolsey

Lynn Woolsey is a Democratic congresswoman from California's 6th congressional district.

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Communication Breakdown

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. Information is not just any commodity, such as steel or textiles. A vibrant democracy depends on rich intellectual exchange, on the free flow of ideas from a variety of sources. This is a principle embedded in the First Amendment's free-press protection and reaffirmed by the Supreme Court. But media consolidation stifles dissent and...