] Clear Channel Communications, the radio and concert
] conglomerate so many people love to hate, has a new
] batch of disgruntled critics to deal with. But this
] time it's not the musicians who claim that the
] entertainment giant plays hardball and locks acts off
] the airwaves, or the broadcast rivals who allege the
] company leverages its unmatched size to drive competitors
] out of business, or even the former employees who insist
] the company's rampant cost-cutting style has gutted
] American radio.
] Nope -- now the heat is coming from other media company
] executives and Beltway lobbyists. They are dismayed
] that Clear Channel is doing what many might have thought
] impossible. In an era when Republicans control the
] government and big business generally gets what it
] wants, Clear Channel is making deregulation look bad.