“Without diversity in ownership and participation, our democracy is in danger.” — Congresswoman Maxine Waters (Democrat).

“The media are vital to our democracy … We want to create a true free market where everyone can have a seat at the table. We need to ensure that the power of American entrepreneurialism is not stifled by just a few media giants.” — Congresswoman Diane Watson (Democrat).

“Too few people own too much media at the expense of too many people … There is a gap between those who own the airwaves — the people the public — and those who control the airwaves and act against the public interest.” — civil rights leader Reverend Jesse Jackson.

Why are Australian politicians – and journalists, writers, actors and musicians — so quiescent on the subject of increasing media ownership in fewer hands while, in a parallel debate, their American counterparts are so vocal? Could it have something to do with … the intimidating power of a tiny cabal of media owners in a country of 20 million?

Peter Fray

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