Clear Channel Communications of San Antonio is one of the largest media companies in the United States. The mega-company has gained a reputation for its ugly hardball tactics. Clear Channel has played a leading role in destroying media diversity in the United States. What’s been sorely lacking is strategic coordination of efforts to amplify their impact and link up with broader media-policy initiatives.
The elected municipal officials of Porter Township, Clarion County – a municipality of 1,500 residents an hour north of Pittsburgh in Northwestern Pennsylvania – became the first local government in the United States to eliminate corporate claims to civil and constitutional privileges. The Township adopted a binding law declaring that corporations operating in the Township may not wield legal privileges – historically used by corporations to override democratic decision making – to stop the Township from passing laws which protect residents from toxic sewage sludge