Did FCC Pressure Comcast to Incorporate 'Localism' Into NBC Deal

February 4th, 2011 2:04 PM
Elections have consequences. In the realm of media regulation, the 2008 election meant increased influence for proponents of so-called media "localism." The increased influence of localism at the FCC bore itself out in the recently-approved Comcast/NBC merger. As a hypothetical, "localism" is relatively innocent. But in practice, it essentially amounts to a back-door…

Is FCC Commissioner Michael Copps Trying to Reinstate the Fairness Doc

December 16th, 2010 3:26 PM
Is Federal Communications Commissioner Michael Copps trying to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine through what he calls a "public value test" for broadcasters? The short answer is no, and Copps is adamant about that point. He points out that while the Fairness Doctrine regulated political speech by mandating equal time for all views on a given topic, the "public value test"…

FCC Commissioner Calls For Greater Regulation of News Media

December 2nd, 2010 4:30 PM
In a Wednesday interview on BBC World News America, liberal FCC Commissioner Michael Copps told correspondent Katty Kay: "I think American media has a bad case of substance abuse right now....we are going to be pretty close to denying our citizens the essential news and information that they need to have in order to make intelligent decisions about the future direction of their country.…

Call the Offices of Pelosi & Reid and Urge Them to Allow a Vote on the

June 2nd, 2009 2:13 PM
Media Research Center (MRC) President and NewsBusters.org Publisher Brent Bozell yesterday recorded a video thanking the MRC Grassroots Action Team - made up of more than 600,000 individual activists - for their signing nearly 400,000 Free Speech Alliance (FSA) petitions which were delivered yesterday to the offices of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. The…

MRC/NB's Bozell: It's Time for a Vote on the Broadcaster Freedom Act

May 19th, 2009 10:25 AM
Acting Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Michael Copps insists that the so-called Fairness Doctrine is "long gone" and "not coming back." But liberal legislators such as socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former Democratic presidential aspirants Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) and Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) have recently called for a return of the anti-free…

FCC Announces May 7 'Diversity Committee' Meeting - Behold a New 'Fair

May 1st, 2009 2:15 PM
The Left's Idea of Diversity Behold one of the new "Fairness" Doctrines - "media diversity" - coming soon to a radio station near you.  President Barack Obama's Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has released the names of the thirty-one members of their Advisory Committee On Diversity For Communications In The Digital Age.  This…