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5.26.04
Politics and Economy:
Clear Channel Responds

On May 7, 2004, NOW WITH BILL MOYERS aired an essay by Bill Moyers on the media, politics, and censorship. Subsequently, a representative of Clear Channel Communications responded. The correspondence between Clear Channel and NOW WITH BILL MOYERS has been posted below.

Wednesday, May 12, 2004 10:50 AM
Subject: Correction Needed: NOW with Bill Moyers

Dear Mr. Moyers—

An inaccuracy of fact occurred in your piece "The media, politics and censorship" on May 10, 2004. Within the article you infer that Clear Channel was "a cheerleader for the invasion of Iraq with pro-war rallies."

Clear Channel Radio is not operated according to any political agenda or ideology. Local managers make their own decisions about programming and community events. We employ approximately 250 local General Managers, 750 local Sales Managers, and 900 local Program Directors. They are measured on their ability to drive listenership by intimately understanding what audiences want to hear and delivering that.

We'd appreciate a correction.

Regards,
Kevin Dinino

Kevin Dinino
Senior Account Executive
Brainerd Communicators, Inc.


Thursday, May 20, 2004 4:05 PM

Dear Mr. Dinino,

We take seriously any question about the accuracy of our reporting. Accordingly, we have looked into the matter you refer to below and determined that the facts support what was reported on NOW with Bill Moyers.

Sincerely,

Felice Firestone
Executive Producer
NOW with Bill Moyers


Thursday, May 20, 2004 4:16 PM

Felice—

Local managers make their own decisions about programming and community events — including rallies to thank and support the men and women in their communities who are serving in the armed forces. At the urging of their listeners, a few (approximately 1%) of these local managers chose to have their stations participate in pro-troop rallies. The corporate offices of Clear Channel Communications are not directly involved in the Rallies for America. Other radio groups radio stations have sponsored rallies, including: Infinity Broadcasting (owned by Viacom), Cox Radio, Federated Media and Susquehanna Media.

We'd appreciate a correction.

Regards,
Kevin Dinino



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