Inclusion or Illusion? An Analysis of the FCC's Public Hearings on Media Ownership 2006–2007

  title={Inclusion or Illusion? An Analysis of the FCC's Public Hearings on Media Ownership 2006–2007},
  author={Jonathan A. Obar and Amit M. Schejter},
  journal={Journal of Broadcasting \& Electronic Media},
  pages={212 - 227}
An assessment of the extent of public involvement in the FCC's media ownership hearings in 2006–07 was conducted through an analysis of the hearings' structure, the 732 public comments made in them, and the FCC's ensuing Report & Order (R&O). In light of the rising call for pluralism, direct democracy and public involvement in policy deliberations, the results reveal that the FCC consistently hindered public participation in the hearing process it initiated and managed through limited advance… 
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