Commissioners dissent on ownership stance.

O'Rielly

O’Rielly

Pai

Pai

Clyburn

Clyburn

Commissioner Ajit Pai offered a passionate dissent, noting that Congress has demanded that the FCC update its policies, but that the Commission has failed to do so. In fact, Pai went so far as to say that for the past eight and a half years, the FCC has done “nothing but stick his head in the sand.” For his part, Commissioner Mike O’Rielly criticized the Order as “more of the same obfuscation, ignorance, hyper-partisanship and defiance as before. . .a thoroughly objectionable document divorced from the realities of today’s media marketplace.” More of a commentary than a dissent was Commissioner Mignon Clyburn’s response: “More options do not necessarily translate to access to original local news gathering, reporting or sourcing.” On the other hand, she called for more ownership diversity, saying, “We need a robust record of data that paints a comprehensive picture of today’s media landscape. Today, this simply does not exist. Everyone should stop making excuses. The Third Circuit, in its most recent decision, was crystal clear: if more data is needed, we must get it.”

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