Activists’ anger at FCC to take wing at protest

Friday's challenge will include puppet shows, street theater satire

WASHINGTON — Citizens and consumer advocates upset over further media consolidation plan to dress up like angels and flap their wings in protest outside the Federal Communications Commission on Friday.

“The angels shall resolutely teach those who command power within the FCC that media and communications technology should forever serve people over profits,” protest organizers proclaimed on a Web site.

Organizers, including Center for Digital Democracy director Jeff Chester, said FCC topper Michael Powell doesn’t believe in the public interest and seems all too willing to erase crucial ownership rules.

Friday’s protest will include puppet shows and street theater satirizing Powell and his fellow Republican commissioners, Kathleen Abernathy and Kevin Martin.

The group, dubbing themselves Angels of Public Interest, include citizens, activists and media professionals and scholars.

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