• Staples, Paper Jams and Security in Miami

    September 19, 2012

    Security is no joke at Miami’s local TV stations. All six stations I visited were behind tall fences with a gauntlet of security guards and call boxes. After my third or fourth attempt to explain to a security guard what the political files were, why I wanted to look at them and why I did not need an appointment to do so, I got to thinking about all the hoops I have had to jump through and bizarre conversations I have had in my political ad sleuth travels.

    Here is a rundown:

  • AT&T's FaceTime Blocking: There's a Complaint for That

    September 18, 2012

    Last week, Apple unveiled the iPhone 5 and with it, its updated mobile operating system, iOS 6. While Apple fans were busy inhaling details like the new screen size, better camera lens and thinner body, Free Press made sure people knew about another feature: AT&T’s intent to block mobile FaceTime for iPhone and iPad users.

  • Political Files Under Lock and Key in Miami

    September 18, 2012
    I recently returned from a mission to collect political ad files from TV stations in Miami. The CBS4 and MyTV33 files consisted of info on the usual suspects — the same groups that advertised at other Florida stations I visited. What I found interesting was not so much who was advertising as how much they were advertising.
  • Reps. Eshoo and Issa Agree: Protect the Internet

    September 18, 2012

    “The Internet is essential to life in the 21st century,” write Reps. Anna Eshoo and Darrell Issa, two U.S. House representatives from California — and from opposite sides of the aisle — who have found common ground on the need to protect Internet freedom.

  • Civil Rights and Press Freedom One Year After Occupy

    September 17, 2012

    One year ago the Occupy movement took root in a small square in New York City. From there it rippled out across the nation over a matter of weeks and months.

    A week after that initial occupation, the New York Police Department arrested  John Farley of local PBS affiliate WNET Thirteen, marking the first of many journalist arrests that occurred nationwide over the course of the Occupy movement.

  • Big-Money Politics at Miami's Spanish-Language TV Stations

    September 13, 2012

    I was up around 4 a.m. to get to the Hartford airport for my flight down to Miami. I had palm trees and sandy beaches on my mind as the plane touched down, but before long all I could think of was pulling staples and scanning files.

  • FCC Defends Net Neutrality, Says Verizon Is No Internet Editor

    September 13, 2012

    Telephone and cable companies keep dreaming up new ways to close down your access to the Internet. This week, the court case over the Federal Communications Commission rules designed to prevent that kind of behavior moved to its next phase.

  • Clicks + Calls = Real-World Progress

    September 13, 2012
    Have you ever wondered whether clicking your mouse can make a difference? When you sign an online petition or make one of those awkward-but-satisfying phone calls to your member of Congress, you’re holding policymakers and elected officials accountable to the public interest.
  • Keeping Up With Kris

    September 12, 2012
    On Tuesday, the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, NBC — alone among the major networks — abstained from showing the moment of silence observed at Ground Zero in New York City and the White House. And for that, NBC exposed itself to a public flogging. One Twitterer even said the decision was enough to make one “doubt humanity.” But surely there was a reason for the Today show's decision.
  • AT&T's FaceTime Blocking Puts the Screws to Its Deaf Customers

    September 11, 2012
    AT&T’s FaceTime blocking is especially frustrating to me. I am profoundly deaf. For me and my family, mobile FaceTime offers the promise of a seamless, one-touch communications solution that will allow me to communicate in my natural language, American Sign Language.


People + Policy

= Positive Change for the Public Good

people + policy = Positive Change for the Public Good