WASHINGTON (AP)---The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced today that it has agreed to be acquired by Clear Channel Communications (CCU) of San Antonio, Texas.
In announcing the deal, FCC Chairman Michael Powell said, “This transaction will greatly expedite the demise of the antiquated concept of local ownership of media outlets. Critics of deals such as this need to understand the Clear Channel embodies all that is good and decent in the broadcast industry. Anyone that believes otherwise clearly isn‘t listening to the news.“
In a statement issued today, Clear Channel CEO Lowry Mays said, “This acquisition is a perfect strategic fit for Clear Channel. The FCC has been a wonderful business partner for the past several years, and has carried out our directions with great enthusiasm. We are proud to welcome the FCC into the Clear Channel family of companies.“ Although terms of the deal were not immediately available, it is said that the acquisition will include all components, operating units and assets of the FCC, except for its soul, which was sold in a prior transaction to Satan, Inc. in 1996.
Clear Channel, which owns broadcast facilities, shopping malls, billboard advertising, and concert promotion units all across North America, has been on an acquisition binge for the past several years, and has recently broadened the scope of its acquisitions to include government entities. In a recent deal, CCU purchased a 50% interest in the U.S. Congress, and is reportedly close to striking a deal to purchase The White House. Clear Channel‘s stock stood at $42.09 at the close of Monday‘s trading, up $1.39 or 3.42%.
Michael Packer via e-mail
Waiting for Hoffa
I am again writing from my temporary job in Sacramento, while my fellow nurses are walking the picket line in Petoskey. The ignorance and amazing level of stupidity from some letters amazes me. Mr. Smith‘s letter in particular (5/29). How exactly has he come to know so much about our reasons and timing for going on strike?
If the hospital has refused to bargain for seven months, why exactly would they have showed up for a five day strike? Are people so afraid of the nurses having union representation that they have to create their own scenario for what we believe, feel, and do?
First, one reader said the nurses were fair weather picketers. Not wanting to go out when it was cold. Now, we don‘t want to go out because it is too nice. The amount of people on the line may appear to some that we have lost our numbers, but in fact we are working. Just not at NMH.
The response inside the hospital to my last letter about how amazing the cardiac surgeons are in Sacramento was quite interesting. The one comment that sticks in my mind the most is: “If anyone in her family needs cardiac care, they better go to Sacramento.“ Now, would that be the Hippocratic or hypocritical oath? Thanks. I would feel completely confident with my family getting care here, in Sacramento. And I am sorry to say that my doctors received “the wrath“ for being associated with me and being thanked in my letter (to the Express). To them, I apologize that they were subjected to the infantile behavior. I do appreciate you sticking up for myself and the nurses. Dr. Jeff Beaudoin has been tirelessly trying to get us back, and we appreciate your support. Hopefully, we will see you soon on the inside being escorted back by James Hoffa himself.
Dawn Whiteside RN, ENT