Saturday, April 28, 2012

Bill 'Moyers and Company': 27 April 2012

Marty Kaplan on Big Money’s Effect on Big Media
April 27, 2012 - Big money and big media have coupled to create a ‘Disney World’ of democracy in which TV shows, televised debates, even news coverage is being dumbed down, just as the volume is being turned up. The result is a public certainly more entertained, but less informed and personally involved than they should be, says Marty Kaplan, director of USC’s Norman Lear Center and an entertainment industry veteran. Bill Moyers talks with Kaplan about how taking news out of the journalism box and placing it in the entertainment box is hurting democracy and allowing special interest groups to manipulate the system. read more, with link to full transcript>>>

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Bill Moyers Essay: The Ghost of McCarthyism
April 26, 2012 - In this broadcast essay, Bill connects the disgraceful McCarthyism of the past to its modern resurgence in the comments of Rep. Allen West and others. Haven’t we learned this lesson already? full transcript link>>>

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FCC Votes to Require Broadcasters to Post Ad Data Online
April 27, 2012 - In a major victory for transparency and truth in political advertising on the airwaves, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted this morning that TV broadcasters must post their public files, including political advertising data, online. The files, which will be accessible to everyone via the FCC’s website, will reveal the identities of the campaign committees, super PACs and nonprofit organizations spending millions of dollars on negative and misleading ads.

The new rule doesn’t go as far as some would like. For the first two years, the online requirement only applies to affiliates of the four major networks — ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC — in the top 50 markets. In this critical election period, this would exempt Spanish language stations and affiliates in some areas of battleground states that will no doubt be abuzz with political ads in the coming weeks and months. read more>>>

Visit site for much more, like this: 24 April 2012 Ohio Journalism Students Answer Call to Uncover Political Ad Data

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