The Wall Street Journal today nailed FCC Chairman Kevin Martin today for yesterday’s two-step on ownership, easing ownership rules on newspapers, but imposing new ones on cable. The WSJ’s conclusion:
“Mr. Martin’s animus toward the cable business is by now a matter of public record, and yesterday’s action can only be understood as part of his personal campaign to make the industry’s life as hard as possible. The D.C. Circuit is almost certain to strike down this rule, as it did the last time. But by then there may be a fresh face as FCC Chairman, and the only winners will be the lawyers who billed the hours”.