On Thursday, nearly 200 Atlantans gathered at Georgia
Tech to talk media ownership. Federal Communications Commissioners Mignon
Clyburn and Michael Copps urged the people of Atlanta to demand better news,
and to participate in debates about media ownership.
While the arrests are perhaps the worst examples of press suppression, other reports of police roughing up journalists or blocking them from reporting continue to roll in. Even in New York City, where the NYPD has ordered its officers not to interfere with press, journalists are still being harassed.
A researcher just discovered a hidden
application that records what millions of people write, view and search for
on their mobile phones. It sends all of that data to a company no one’s ever
heard of. And we have no idea what that company is doing with our information.
Many have argued that in these tough
economic times everyone should share the pain of budget cuts. Yet our recent
report on state funding of public broadcasting found that in many states public
broadcasters are being forced to shoulder
more than their fair share of the burden.
Wall Street Journal just reported that FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski
is moving to join the Department of Justice in rejecting AT&T's proposed
takeover of T-Mobile.
will reportedly call for an "administrative hearing" in tandem with the
DoJ's suit to block the merger. This signals that the prospects for
approval of this merger are next to none.
rare for the FCC to seek an administrative hearing on merger deals like
this," reports the Journal. "The last time the agency did this
was in 2002 on the proposed merger of EchoStar and DirecTV. The companies
eventually pulled the deal."
Big broadcasters want to expand their market influence, cut jobs and slash local news coverage. They have an opening — the Federal Communications Commission is currently reviewing all of its media ownership rules. These rules determine how many media outlets a corporation can own, and broadcasters are angling for fewer restrictions at the expense of our communities’ need for vital news and information. Just as the fight is heating up, blogger the Frugal Dad reminds us just how much power and influence broadcasters already have. Check out the
infographic, then take action.