Abusing Your Power But Not Breaking the Law?

Autumn Leaves by Norman Rogers

Either tone down the language or spell out what Bush's FCC Chairman did and didn't do:

A year-long Congressional investigation of Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin J. Martin found "egregious abuses of power," though it was unclear whether the nation's top telecommunications regulator broke any rules or laws during his leadership.

The report released today on the probe, titled "Deception and Distrust" and led by Reps. John D. Dingell (D-Mich.), Chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, found Martin suppressed information and manipulated data to serve his agenda.

"Any of these findings, individually, are cause for concern," said Dingell. "Together, the findings suggest that, in recent years, the FCC has operated in a dysfunctional manner and Commission business has suffered as a result. It is my hope that the new FCC Chairman will find this report instructive and that it will prove useful in helping the Commission avoid making the same mistakes."

Unless you spell out what he did that was illegal or unethical, there isn't much to go on here and the document takes on a partisan slant. Virtually every Bush appointee has behaved in a predictable fashion, if you come at the issue as a raging liberal--now tell us how it impacted the lives of average Americans. We all know that the Bush and Democrat-Congress era FCC has been a disaster for consumers--those are YOUR airwaves, by the way, but no one seems to remember that when they're letting the telecom companies write the laws--so spell it out.

What happens at the FCC is wonkish, at best. Does anyone pay attention? Probably not.