Good News? Justice Dept. Investigating Crooked… er, CLEAR Channel

Per the Associated Press:

The Justice Department (news – web sites) is investigating Clear Channel, the nation’s largest radio owner, amid complaints about consolidation and the use of coercive tactics by the company, officials said Friday.

R. Hewitt Pate, assistant attorney general for antitrust, told a House subcommittee that there is an investigation into Clear Channel. Officials would not disclose any details about the nature of the probe.

Pate said in a hearing Thursday that the Justice Department had interviewed people that Rep. Howard Berman, D-Calif., had referred to the agency after they complained of coercive tactics. …

Among the complaints were allegations that Clear Channel punished artists who didn’t use the company’s concert promotion arm by denying, or threatening to deny, radio airplay for their songs, he said.

When Berman complained during the hearing Thursday that he hadn’t heard back from the Justice Department about his complaints, Pate replied that the department had two ongoing investigations into Clear Channel. But he would not elaborate.

Yeah, but is there the political will within the executive branch to truly go after another bastion of Conservative Republican Bushie cronies? Stranger things have happened.

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