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Wednesday, December 15, 2004 Mercer Island Reporter B7 Continued from B1 experienced during filming, and how important the message of the film is to him. "The film raises questions of what is going on in our democra- cy," said Miller. "What happens when we have protesters, but they're met by an army in the street I mean, in Miami, they had an ar- mored vehicle, essentially a tank, out there. In the film, you'll see that every time there is a protest, there's a blurring of the line be- tween Arherican citizens wanting to express themselves and 'terror- ists.' You see the local police chief talking about protesters in a way that would be used to justify the vio- lence used against them. When you have 15,000 protesters and 10 lawbreakers, does that mean that the right to free expression doesn't apply?" Media consolidation, or the ownership of all radio, tele~ion and newspapers being in the hands of a few conglomerates with deep pockets, is the greatest concern to the filmmaker and his subjects. 'q'he problem isn't that the own- er of Clear Channel is a 'right- winger,'" said Miller. "The prob- lem is when a huge corporation has control over public property, as with public airwaves, that power can be and has been abused to have one political agenda heard and to keep America from heating a diversity of opinions. Democracy depends on an informed public, and with- out free access to a diversity of viewpoints and accurate informa- tion, democracy will wither." "Tell Us the Truth" is just a small part of what Miller claims is a sizable movement of those on the right and the left to fight media consolidation. He said that "a recent decision by the 3rd Circuit Court in June 2004, in which the court ruled against the FCC, thereby re- slricting its pro-consolidation moves, is something he believes the pub- lic will see more of as we become more aware of the issue via films and television. "The 'Tell Us the Truth' tour helps connect people with an activity they can engage in to protest me- dia consolidation" he said. "The people in the film worked with lo- cal organizations wherever they went, so every concert hall had ta- bles in the lobby with information from local organizations giving people the opportunity to get in- volved in everything from letter writing to street protests?' Miller points to the recent loss of Mercer Islands' KMIH high school radio station as a case in point for the need for films like his. 'q'he loss of KMIH is part of a national trend, started in Washington D.C. and the board- rooms of big corporations" he said. "We have bee~losing local cov- erage in Seattle area radio. It's been happening all over the country and if you don't like that trend, you need to find out more and do some- thing about it?' For more information, visit www.tellusthetruth.org. WoodiITvill@ Womel~. & Wine }resent C-ather your girlfriends and spend a weekend together in Wood nville Wine Country. Friday, December 3-Sunday Dece~r5, ~oo4~ includes two nights at Willows Lodge plus Winemaker Dinners. 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