Competition for Imus hearing


One of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce's subcommittees is already planning a hearing for 10AM on 7/11/07. It will now be subject to intramural competition from another of the full committee's offshoots. Generally, we'd be interested in what's going on with the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, but not this time, since the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection, chaired by Bobby Rush (D-IL), has Imus on the agenda.

Its session, in fact, is called "From Imus to Industry: The Business of Stereotypes and Degrading Images." We had thought that might prove an irresistible topic for Ed Markey (D-MA), who sits on Rush's subcommittee, but Markey has put his own item on the calendar, called "Wireless Innovation and Consumer Protection." While neither session appears likely to lead to immediate results, we'll do our best to get a sense of what's going on in both.