Congressman Dennis Kucinich, who declared his 2008 Presidential candidacy earlier this year, announced to an enthusiastic crowd of journalists, policy makers, activists, and independent media producers that the US Congress will create a committee on media reform and that he will be its chair.
The committee will be a subcommittee of the Committee on Government Reform. This announcement came during an unplanned visit to the National Conference for Media Reform held in Memphis, Tennessee, January 12-14. The conference panelists and speakers included Helen Thomas, White House correspondent; Paul Rieckhoff, Executive Director of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America; and Congressman Bernie Sanders of Vermont. Kucinich, accompanied by his wife Elizabeth, was introduced by actor Danny Glover. His assignment to this committee will be formally announced this week.
Highlights of his ideas for media reform include reinstating the Fairness Doctrine, strengthening the ban on cross-ownership, and a federal law to protect journalists, including bloggers, from being forced to choose between revealing confidential sources and going to jail. Kucinich will be in New Hampshire in early February.