Friday, June 01, 2007

Four Members of Congress Oppose Merger

Four members of congress have written letters to the Attorney General or the FCC Chairman opposing or questioning the merger between XM or Sirius. We suspect that if one were to follow the money, we would understand how they arrived at their position. The four members are:

Mike Doyle, D-PA
James T. Walsh, R-NY
John McHugh, R-NY
Kirsten E. Gillibrand, D-NY

For the most part, we don't disagree Doyle, although we think that he has some of his facts wrong concerning the combining of the two services. Walsh and McHugh use the smear tactic right out of the NAB playbook that satellite radio can't be trusted. Gillibrand states that the merger would threaten local radio. She is apparently ignoring that XM and Sirius also participate in the Amber Alerts.

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