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This Week: Donkey and Elephant
This Week
January 30, 2004

This week on NOW:

When the FCC loosened the rules to allow media companies to own even more television stations, the public was outraged. Everyday citizens, and groups as diverse as the National Rifle Association and the National Organization for Women, inundated the FCC with letters and emails, asking to block the new rules. The US Senate took the remarkable step of passing legislation to roll back the new rules, but today, months later, the leadership of the House refuses to bring it to a vote. While critics wonder why Congress is dragging its feet, NOW takes a look to see if backroom deals are giving Big Media more control than ever over what Americans see, hear, and read. NOW continues its on going coverage of media deregulation and goes inside the quiet deal with the White House and Republican leadership that one member of Congress has called "a great gift" to America's largest media conglomerates.

With the presidential contenders heading south to what used to be a Democratic stronghold, NOW's David Brancaccio gets the lay of the land from a religious leader and a labor leader--both political watchers--who remember a day when the Democrats reigned supreme in the south. Reverend Joseph Darby, senior pastor of the Morris Brown A.M.E Church in Charleston, SC, and Harris Raynor, director of the southern region for UNITE, offer their views of the upcoming contest in South Carolina, how Democrats have lost their grip on key constituencies like African Americans, and what they can do to win back their edge in key southern states.

Is it possible for a Democratic presidential candidate to win in the South? Bill Moyers talks to Dan T. Carter, one of the nation's foremost historians on U.S. and Southern history. Carter is the author of several books, including the award-winning THE POLITICS OF RAGE, FROM GEORGE WALLACE TO NEWT GINGRICH: RACE IN THE CONSERVATIVE COUNTERREVOLUTION and SCOTTSBORO: A TRAGEDY OF THE AMERICAN SOUTH. Carter currently serves as the first Educational Foundation Professor of History at the University of South Carolina. Carter shares with Moyers his thoughts about the upcoming South Carolina primary and the impact that it has on the national presidential election.

In Depth

Campaign Finance Overview

Media and Campaign Dollars

Flying money

Election Watch Tools

Voices from South Carolina

NOW Campaign 2004
The Solid South?

Historian Dan T. Carter

Timeline of Media Consolidation

Who Owns What in Big Media?


Talk about the deficit on the message boards.


Learn more about the issues discussed on NOW.

Read the complete transcript.

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Power Politics — Media Ownership Caps in Congress (14:52)

By the People: Rev. Joseph Darby and Harris Raynor from South Carolina

Historian Dan T. Carter on Politics Southern-Style


Power Politics
Producer: Peter Meryash
Editor: Vincent Liota

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