Bush's position on free speech is flexible. On the one hand, he supports free speech for media corporations and well-fixed political campaigns (i.e., his own). He is therefore opposed to campaign finance reform (see below). Likewise, despite his sermonettes against the 'dark' stuff on the Internet, and peddled by "big Hollywood", Bush is utterly opposed to any regulation of the media for public interest purposes. This puts him squarely in the laissez-faire tradition of Ronald Reagan, whose FCC chairman, Mark Fowler, once notoriously claimed that TV is just an appliance, "like a toaster." (On such issues Bush is also not that far from Clinton/Gore, whose record is an awful lot like that of Reagan/Bush.) Colin Powell's son Michael, Bush's choice to chair the FCC, is an unabashed free-marketeer convinced that Clinton/Gore's pro-corporate policies on media were somehow bad for business.


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