California Sen. Barbara Boxer has revealed the existence of a second FCC study warning of the impact of greater media consolidation that may have been suppressed by commission members. On Monday, Boxer asked the FCC's inspector general to determine how and why the two reports came to be quashed by the agency. She also informed FCC Chairman Kevin Martin that she had asked the inspector general to "examine whether it was then or is now The Practice of the FCC to suppress facts that are contrary to a desired outcome." Meanwhile, the StopBigMedia.com Coalition on Monday asked Martin "to determine the circumstances under which the public was denied access to this important, taxpayer-funded research, the parties involved and the processes that may have allowed any record of its existence to be destroyed."




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